Jake’s Screen Brain

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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.

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    • Anonymous on October 25, 2017 at 8:24 am
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    Its on late so I record & Gabby & I watch together. The young actor does a great job with personal interactions,
    and they show his thinking in screen shot drawings.

    1. Interesting. I’ll surely check it out. Thanks for the tip!

    • Jan on October 24, 2017 at 6:22 pm
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    About a year ago, a lovely girl from the UK contacted me via Wattpad. She’s a high functioning autistic. Never had great schooling, always put off by herself.
    She began reading on wattpad to “escape” and would draw pictures of what she read. It was amazing what she drew that she connected w/in my novels.
    She explained, later – we talk often! That is how she communicates things. She’s been taking art classes to help in her communication style – now she does far better in her spoken and written communication. Their minds are amazing pieces of work. It blows me away. Love this post, thanks for sharing, Ryan!

    1. That is super cool! I know that if you meet one person with autism, you’ve met ONE person with autism. I hate to generalize, but I love this insight into “Jake’s” autism.

    • Anonymous on October 24, 2017 at 6:21 pm
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    have you watched the good doctor ?

    1. Not yet. I’ve heard good things, though.

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