Friday, December 7, 2007

It Just Came Out

Recently MK is more fully able to explain what he is thinking, but some things that he says just don't make sense, and when I ask about them he tends to get quite upset and say, "It just came out. I don't know why! I wish it wouldn't."

Today I left him in a video game store for a while and, when I came to get him, I came up from behind and put my hand on his shoulder.

"Sorry!" he blurted.

"What are you saying sorry for?"

"I'm not sorry for anything. It just came out!"

This was really bugging him, so I explained that it wasn't that unusual to find ourselves saying things that don't reflect what we want to say. I also mentioned that it happens quite a lot to lots of very smart autistic people. So we decided that, whenever that happens from now on, MK will just have to say, "It just came out," and we will both know what it means without him having to explain any further and we'll just completely forget it and move on.

We've tried it out two or three times since then and it's working smoothly so far.

1 comment:

Marla said...

We have the same situation. I am glad you found a way to help MK so he does not worry about letting the words out.