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Some Typical Moments During a Tuesday Dinner

Tues 7:03pm — With all the day to day craziness that goes on around here sometimes we need to take a step back and look at what is going on right in front of our eyes with Kyle. 
Here’s 2 quick videos that show TONS. 
In them you’ll see Kyle sitting at the end of his dinner and playing with his iPad.

He sat in that chair for over 30 minutes and interacted with that iPad for over 30 minutes. While he was eating he was just watching a show on it. 
But after dinner as you see in the video he’s interacting with a Sesame Street numbers app. 
What’s huge and relatively new for Kyle is that he’s getting the cause and effect that he’s gotta make the numbers before he gets to watch the videos. And instead of getting frustrated and giving up, he’s trying on his own or even better he’s engaging with us, taking our hand to draw it for him, and we’ll do hand over hand. 
And holy cow his point is getting much better too!  I just noticed that after watching the first video again. His point when he hit play on that 14 segment was spot on!
So aside from seizures and constant breath holding and the recent potty training regression (he had another pee accident about 30 minutes after this) and the other normal day to day crazy things that autism brings he’s got some good stuff going on lately. 
I said in an update a few weeks back that sometimes things can feel kinda typical around here. 
And these videos kinda show that…maybe it’s more like what a typical 2-4 year old would be doing…but sometimes any bit of “typical” is welcome in this house…
Ya know what I mean?

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Frank Campagna

I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).

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13 People Replies to “Some Typical Moments During a Tuesday Dinner”

  1. Awesome Kyle! Sesame Street has a great influence on children. My nephew loves it too, and he's 8 years old now! 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    Autism Daddy if you ever decide to go on vacation to Virginia Beach VA for a week There is a day camp for kids with autism called campgonnawannagoagin its from 9:00 to 3:00 there you can have a bit of respite from Kyle while on vacation the camp runs from the beginning of July to mid August they do alot of fun activities like trips and swimming!

  3. I remember last spring Kyle was more aware and trying to get his point across more. The fall before that he wasn't being as gross, destructive or obsessive and compulsive. I know I'm mild but I grew every year as a kid. Even now, as a big girl, (24) I'm still developing because as long as we live, we learn more. Re: the comment about that number loving 14 year old, I was a number lover when I was a kid.

  4. Woohoo! Sitting appropriately, feeding himself appropriately, and interacting appropriately and purposefully with the iPad! All for an extended period of time? This would be HUGE for so many of the kids at my school (I teach in a school specifically for children with autism and other special needs, typically on the severe end of the spectrum).

    Yay Kyle! And yay for Mom and Dad to be able to step back and appreciate this. 🙂

  5. Anonymous

    so awesome for Kyle and you both as parents! WOOHOO FOR ALL OF YOU!!!

  6. Tricia Japp

    Nice job. Thomas the Train app has a mini puzzle you put together and then you get to watch a video-he might like it. Motivation for reinforcement.

  7. Can you tell us the name of the app? Looks like a winner. 🙂

  8. Anonymous

    Awesome job Kyle ! Is the simple little things in life 🙂

  9. Anonymous

    I might have to get that app for my son – he's 14 and still can't write. He loves Sesame Street and numbers also. He can use a computer mouse quite well though!

  10. Anonymous

    YAAY KYLE from me too!