Adam came up to me today and requested that we go to Walmart to buy “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” from Peanuts Home Video. My first reaction was, “Where did that come from?” and “Is that on video?” and “Do they have their own home video productions?” Adam is 13 and lives with autism. He is moderately affected which means he is moderately verbal and moderately to high behaviors associated with autism.
There are so many things I love about the perspective living with autism can bring. Who thinks to watch “It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” in May? Unfortunately, when we went looking for it, the clerk said that this title usually only shows up around Halloween time. Adam was able to find a happy secondary choice in a new Thomas the Tank Engine video. As we were waiting for the clerk to return from the back room, I got to grab a few deep pressure hugs and kisses. How many of you get to give hugs and kisses to your 13 year old sons in Walmart?
A young woman from our church, who is on summer break from her first year of university, is learning to work with Adam to help him learn and grow in certain areas over the next few months. On the way home from Walmart, I got to participate in the newest round of “I’m thinking” objects to role play. The category is transportation . . . “I’m thinking of something that is a transportation, children ride in it, and it has a stop sign on it, what is it?” “It’s a school bus!” And then I get to role play how the bus drives, then stops, puts out the stop sign, all the cars stop, the children get off, the stop sign goes back in, and the bus drives off.
“I’m thinking of something that is a transportation, it flies with wings (gotta fix that one), and goes up and down and hovers, what is it?” “It’s a helicopter!” And then I get to role play how the helicopter goes up, then down, then forward, then backward, then hovers, then lands. If it’s anything like the category of bugs and how he so enjoyed role playing those, I’m in for repeating this scenario up to ten times a day for the next three months 🙂
Anyway, I guess I’m going on a surprise hunt for Adam . . . on-line . . . to see if I can find “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, by Peanuts Home Video.