A Temple Grandin Quote

“In an ideal world the scientist should find a method to prevent the most severe forms of autism but allow the milder forms to survive. After all, the really social people did not invent the first stone spear. It was probably invented by an Aspie who chipped away at rocks while the other people socialized around the campfire. Without autism traits we might still be living in caves.”
— Temple Grandin (Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism)


Go do Something Other than Video Games

Most kids start getting into video games at a very young age.  Not D.  He would play occasionally, but most of the time there were other things he’d rather be doing.  We’d had a console for a few years and he never really showed much interest in it, even when we were willing to play a video game with him.  We attributed it to his autism.

About a year ago his grandparents on his mom’s side got each of the kids a 3DS.  Something changed.  He started playing more video games.  We saw this as a more neurotypical behavior, and, unlike most parents with neurotypical kids, we encouraged it.  He even started playing more game console type games, and has taken a real interest in Super Mario Bros.  He’s even saved money to buy his own games instead of blowing it on silly things that he will play with at most once or twice.

Today is Christmas, and his big sister M got him a game he’d been asking for for quite some time.  When he realized what it was, he was so happy he tackled her and gave her a great big hug.  How cool is that?