AUTISM AWARENESS: COMMUNICATION

The first thing we realized was he was behind in communication.

At 2 and half, he spoke, but he only said a few words. And he only said one word at a time. “Milk” or “Mommy”. He didn’t say much and he didn’t point.

This led to lots of frustration since he couldn’t ask what for what he wanted.

Over time, he began to communicate his wants. “DORITOS!!!” “ICE CREAM!!!” “MCDONALDS!!”

His tacting repetoire grew too. If you point at something he’ll tell you who/what it is(for most things). You can also ask him questions like “What’s the boy doing?” and he’ll tell you — running, crying, playing, etc.

Nowadays, he has a lot of words and excellent listening skills(he mostly gets what we tell him).

But he has his own way of communicating. Much of it is rote speaking, drilled into him from teachers and therapists. But he also has a handful of phrases he’s adopted over time. This can make things difficult when he meets new people who don’t get that “Happy Birthday” — “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

Here’s some LUKE SPEAK:

FINAL SCENE, END CREDITS == I’m done with this crap

FIRST BEDTIME, THEN POCOYO — No school tomorrow.

FIRST SWIMMING, THEN GO HOME — Clarifying there is no activity after Swimming

TIME FOR COMMERCIAL BREAK == Someone is leaving but they’ll be back soon(used for teachers, mommy, not daddy — he likes when he leaves)

IT’S SUNNY == Today I get to go to the playground

SAY CHEESE == F@#K YOU! (not sure why but this is what he says when he’s mad)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY == See “SAY CHEESE”

DEATH OF MOMMY == Mommy is walking the dog and I’m sad about it.

NETFLIX!!!! Or GILMORE GIRLS or GOLDBEES (translation Goldberg) == DADDY MUST WATCH SOMETHING ON STREAMING BECAUSE I HATE COMMERCIALS! NO COMMERCIALS!

ALL THREE == Luke’s favorite snack — Doritoes, Potato Chips, and Cheetos all on one plate

IT’S CHAIR TIME == Daddy, sit in a chair and don’t go anywhere

ONE, TWO, THREE == After he does something bad, basically saying I’ve reflected on my disobedience, it’s all good, don’t take my IPad.

FLY == Pick me up and swing me around the room (he weighs 98 plus pounds, so this doesn’t happen anymore)

MOMMY RIGHT BACK == Mommy’s walking the dog again!

POLAR BEAR EXPERIENCE == At the Zoo, it’s a soda

YELLOW DORITOS == Ranch Doritos(they were doing colors at school and this has stuck, permanently)

BIG TICKLES == Tickle me like your life depends on it.

FIREWORKS, CELEBRATION == This is fun!

PLAYGROUND == Let’s go outside

HAPPILY EVER AFTER == I’m going to bed.

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