First, a little back story. Then the video.
Jake has a very limited diet when it comes to “cold lunch.” He only ever brings two things to school – macaroni and cheese, and chicken noodle soup. He loves pizza, so we were thinking about another way to get him a pizza-esque experience, without the hassle and time needed to make actual pizza.
Enter Hot Pockets.
I bought him some, made them for him, and sent him off to try them. I couldn’t remember the verdict. When we ran to the store this afternoon to scavenge for dinner, we were in the frozen foods aisle when I remembered the Hot Pockets. I asked if he liked them enough for me to buy him some more. He put his forefinger to his forehead, made a “shushing” noise, got quiet for a second, and told me that no – he didn’t need more.
What followed was awesome!
So interesting to me that I took out my phone and tried to recreate it so I could share with BigCalfGuy readers.
I’ve always been amazed at verbal, autistic adults who are able to reflect on their past experiences and feelings and share with those of us who are interested. I’ve heard some amazing stories, and am jealous that Jake can’t offer that level of self-reflection. He’s never had the lexicon to describe his processes in a meaningful way. When this happened, I had to capture it. You’ll hear me ask him if he thinks in pictures, mostly because I just read Temple Grandin’s Animals in Translation, which is her second most famous book, right next to Thinking in Pictures. Dr. Grandin insists people with autism think more visually than neurotypicals.
Wait for his answer. Brilliantly obvious.
What an incredible opportunity to begin to see how his brain works. I checked with Beth and Kendra, and this is exactly where he was and how this played out.