A short story for the day…
One fairly common characteristic of children on the spectrum is that they have difficulty finding the line between fact and fiction. Ever more-so – they often don’t understand fiction or its use. Why would you want to read/learn something that is not real?
3rd Grade…with the wonderfully, talented, beautiful Mrs Kress.
I was picking Tucker up from school the day before Thanksgiving. She is there waiting…deep breath…something happened.
She proceeds to tell me that Tucker had a major melt-down…that he refused to do an assignment. REFUSED as in he WOULD NOT do it. She told me she finally gave up…but wanted me to know.
On our way home I said to Tucker…’Tucker, what exactly was the problem today?”
“What do you mean?”
“Well..Mrs. Kress said you had a bit of a difficult time today.”
“Well, yes. She wanted me to write a story for Thanksgiving about being a turkey.”
“Okay…and the problem with that?”
“(exasperated sigh) Because mom. I am NOT a turkey. I am a boy. I have NO desire to be a turkey. Turkey’s walk around in their poop all day. They have to stay in cages and aren’t in houses. They do not have televisions and cannot read. WHY would I want to be a turkey? No way. I am not writing about something that I have no desire to be. I just don’t even want to imagine it.”
Well…there you go.
That’s spectrum business (and funny-kid business) at its finest. Logical, sequential, non-fiction, realism…