There are a lot of things in life that you'd think would be simple, but when asking a child with Autism to do it - well, what you think is so simple may not be.
Case in point, I asked Bug to please start numbering his spelling papers. I would like to see him number from 1-20 and write the words after the numbers. This is pretty standard procedure in any school environment so I figured that even in homeschooling he could manage this small task.
I was met with screams, yells, tears, and his shaking body full of anger.
"What's the big deal?" I asked. "Why won't you just number it?"
And that is when he slammed his finger on a line on the paper and said, "I know that line is number nine already! I don't need to write the number down for me to know that!"
Funny thing is, when I looked without the numbers written I didn't know which line was which - I had to sit there and count it to be sure. And yes, he was correct.
How do I argue with that?
I decided to be firm and told him, "Bug, you need to number the paper. Even if you already know the numbers for each one, I would like it numbered."
I was met again with shaking and screaming and after about a half hour he finally caved and numbered it - all the while letting me know just how upsetting this was for him.
Isn't that special? Ugh.
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