One of my students often greets me by saying "Junk food!" when he walks in the door before he even says hello. Why? Because that was a topic and conversation we first connected over and laughed over when becoming friends. And he wants to keep connecting with me.
A 24-year-old man with autism that I've known since he was a kid, calls me on the phone from time to time and he will most likely bring up a few of the same conversations that we have been having since he was 9. The pattern and repetition of the conversations may seem odd to an outsider, but it is just our style of reminiscing.
This video from Special Books by Special Kids is a great reminder that there are many things to connect over besides our common small talk and that sometimes those repeated conversations really mean something more.
My friend is diagnosed with autism. Today I was baffled by his behavior.After taking a moment to contemplate human nature and my own tendencies it all made sense. It's time to provide everybody with the acceptance they deserve.Posted by Special Books by Special Kids on Monday, February 22, 2016