Tonight while Adrian and I were reading a book at bedtime I started asking him what he thought first grade was going to be like. He has a difficult time with Wh” questions as every IEP he has ever had states. He said he was looking forward to school and playing the Dora The Explorer game in his teachers classroom. I explained to him that he may not always get to play the Dora The Explorer game and that he would need to take turns and share. Then I asked him how he will introduce himself to the other children? He said Hi! My name is Adrian. Then I reminded him what he would ask if he wanted to play with other children and he said would you like to play with me? I said yes that is correct! He loves to hear me say that!!! Then we left it at that.

We talk about this every so often. Adrian like other Autistic children has difficulty connecting with other children. Adults are fine. He will talk to an adult about anything which scare me seriously!!! With children though it is different. He does want to connect and talk to other children he just does not understand how to do so. He has connection problems with his sister too. He will talk to her, but it is strained and he does not ask her to do many things with him. He goes crazy for electronics. Give him a computer, an Ipod, a television, a wii and he is happy. He often talks about technology too. Ever time we have ever had to visit an emergency room he has been fascinated by all of the monitors and overhead lights and since age four has referred to them as technology. Where he learned the word I am not sure.

Tonight at dinner Adrian chose to use some delayed echolalia and his sister quoted him and then said mom that’s out of a book and then she named that book. I responded by telling her that most of the language Adrian uses is from things he hears. I don’t think that he realizes that he does it and that that is the way his brain functions. He picks up whatever speech he needs and uses it in everyday language. Last week I wanted him to pick up his toys and he quoted the first page of The Cat and The Hat Comes Back. It fit his situation and he knew it so he used it. I find him doing this a lot. Someone who did not know him well enough would probably never notice it though.

I am hoping that his knack for memorizing helps in school later on. Right now I am most worried about him being alone on a playground at recess without an aide and not wandering. He had an aide last year in Kindergarten, but since he did not wander at all towards the end of the year he will not have an aide this year. I can not help, but think that is a mistake. Maybe I am being too overprotective and need to let him try it though. I t just bothers me. He also has a problem with overfilling his mouth when he eats and has almost choked on several occasions. That kind of thing bothers me about school because this is his first year going all day and that in itself is a huge change. I suppose I will just have to wait and see what happens….


About The Spectrum Mom

I am mom to two amazing children!! Jade my oldest is ten and Adrian is 7. My life happens to have one beautiful blessing in disguise the chance to be a mom to a child on the Autism Spectrum. Adrian was diagnosed with PDD-NOS on May 28, 2010 shortly after his sixth birthday. Since the start of our lives on the spectrum I have read books, watched numerous programs, found therapists, tried to navigate the public school system and special education. Looked into special diets (Adrian is currently on GFCF and we have seen tremendous improvement) and tried various medicines to help him. In addition to ASD Adrian also is diagnosed with ADHD and a seizure disorder BRE. This blog will mostly be about ASD and my life caring for Adrian.

Posted on August 3, 2011, in Family Life and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. My son does a lot of the delayed echolalia too. Sometimes I don’t realize it and I wonder why he keeps repeating an odd phrase over and over again, and eventually I read the book or see the show it’s come from and it all makes sense 🙂 I hope your little guy has an easy transition this school year!

    • Hello! Thanks for reading! It also takes me awhile to figure out where his speech was taken from sometimes. Most of what he says he has heard from tv or books. We will be working hard to make his transition go smoothly 😉

  2. I didn’t understand at the beginning what echolalia means when the 1st therapist we had mentioned it. My kid is 25 mo old and we are just teaching him to speak. Then I started reading blogs, that help me a little more to see I’m not alone, there are a lot of great ideas around and a big group of moms that had been or are at my current situation in the same process , so it helps to read and comment. And then I understood and a lot of things made sense. My son loves Dora. And he is not yet saying to many words but he do use the tune of the words. the syllables .. “we did it” is ” m – i- ie” for him but he uses the same “singing” mode. So I understand he is using the phrase. He uses a lot of Dora’s phrases this way. And then It got to me, “OH, that is what he is doing!” .

    :). He will start a early preschool special program next September. and I’m so worried, no matter is a 1 to 1 program and that he will be surrounded by a lot of professionals. not just early education teachers but specialist in speech therapy, behavior and Occupational. That just doesn’t stop me to be so damn worried…. 😦

    Hugs. 🙂 And the best of the lucks at school for Adrian!.

    • Thank you! My son was a little older than yours when he finally started to become verbal. He started a special education program at three and a half and spent three years in that program when he started he had five to ten words when he finished he was speaking in clear sentences. We also had him do Occupational therapy for four months privately after his PPI program ended and before he started Kindergarten. He did inclusion for kindergarten and this year in first grade his special ed program and his general ed program will be separate. It’s scary but i’ll have to see how it goes. Therapy works 😉 Adrian has had a speech therapist since the beginning in 2007 and an occupational therapist and social worker since 2009. It is a lot to adjust to but everyone helped my child tremendously and I wish you the same success for your son 😉

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