Yeah, so, it’s been more than a year since my mighty, mighty good boy Calvin was diagnosed with autism. Since then, he has been going to weekly speech therapy appointments and working with specialists from Easter Seals, and he is starting to talk a lot.
He’s got a lot to say. After years of not being understood, he is finally getting his point across. “I want to watch ‘Cars.’” “I want to eat chicken.” “I want more juice.” “I want goldfish crackers, please.” “I want to watch George with the boat.” He’s really great at answering yes/no questions. And we get a lot of pleases and thank yous. He’s a polite little guy.
I handed him a piece of cake last week, and he was so excited. His face was so bright, and he had the biggest smile: “Thank you, mommy!” I started crying. “You’re welcome, my sweet boy.”
This sounds simple for a typical 4½ year old boy, but it’s a big deal for a 4½ year old autistic boy. And Calvin being able to tell us what he wants has made his life, and our life, a lot less stressful. Looking back, considering how long he wasn’t being understood, it’s amazing how happy and good natured he was. He’s still very happy and good natured. He’s a really good kid.
So, yeah, mighty, mighty good man David and I are constantly cracking up at the random stuff Calvin says now. One of the most common Calvin sayings is, “Calvin can’t [insert statement here].” I don’t know if he feels like he’s hearing the word “no” a lot, or if he is just thinking out loud, but the stuff he says is completely unrelated to whatever the situation is.
- “Calvin can’t go up in the sky.”
- “Calvin can’t eat a spider.”
- “Calvin can’t go to the moon.”
- “Calvin can’t stand on Homer.”
- “Calvin can’t go up in the air.”
- “Calvin can’t touch a rainbow.”
And this is David’s favorite …
- “Calvin can’t eat fire.”
Then there are the other random things that kids just say, because kids say the darndest things.
- “Spiders can’t eat the apple.”
- “Cars can’t eat crackers.”
- “I want to go in there.” [points to a washcloth]
I’m super proud of him. He’s working so hard to understand and to be understood.