One of the first things I was told about identifying autism, was that every autistic child exhibits the “triad of impairment”: Impairments in social interaction, social communication, and imagination. My son ticked every box and then some.
His imaginative play was non-existent. As a three year-old, when his peers were playing with anything and everything – including each other – my son would line up cars, lie down and look at their wheels, and not even make car noises for them. No one was allowed to play with him, or touch his cars. His play was alone, repetitive, and lacked variation or imagination. He was in a world of his own, where little was learnt or changed.
So you’ll know then why the photo below means the world. Tonight, my five year-old autistic son put a toy dog, on a toy bike, and then placed a mixing bowl on its head as a helmet. Then he pretended to have a conversation with the dog. And it gets better, he even drew our attention to what he had done. From a boy who didn’t pretend or imagine or share his world, to a kid who puts a dog on a bike with a bowl for a hat, and tells us about it.
You’ve come a long way kid. I am so proud of you. And might I add, your imagination is so darn cute 🙂