I’ve posted a few times about my son’s desire to have me fill-in-the-blanks of his sentences. Sometimes, I call him “the Professor” when he does this, because we all fall right into the trap of trying to finish his sentence. He gets to be in control and make us guess what he intends to say.
Lately, I’ve been making a very conscious effort to capitulate to his demands. When he gives me a fill-in-the-blank sentence, I will say, “What could you say instead?” and he will give me an appropriate sentence. It’s working so well that in the tub last night, he started to leave me a fill in the blank, stopped himself, said “What could you say instead” and gave me the appropriate sentence! Score!
But in honor of his technique, (and because I thought it might be fun), I’ve made a “Mad Lib” of sorts, just for all of you. You are all familiar with Mad Libs right? One person asks another to fill in the blanks of a story with nouns, adjectives and other assorted words to create a story. Sometimes, they are hysterically funny. Sometimes, meh.
So to be clear, don’t read the story before you give the answers. Go get someone else: friend, child, parent, slacking co-worker, sister or spouse to play with you. They ask you for your nouns, adjectives, etc. and fill in the blanks of the story. Then, they read you what you created! [Sorry about the pagination - There's only so much I know about how to line space on WordPress! The appropriate "verb" "noun" is below the blank space!]
If you have no sense of humor, do not read further. Go away. No, really. Otherwise, please share your stories in the comment section below.
HOW TO RECOGNIZE A MELTDOWN.
Like any other parent, sometimes we autism parents take our children to the
______________. As a family on an outing, we want to have a ______________ and PLACE 1 ADJECTIVE
________________ time. But, in our case, we have to be extra careful. Sometimes ADJECTIVE
the mere sight of a ___________________ can cause a sensory overload to our child.
Our child could become anxious or startled. Unlike neurotypical kids, who may
_______________ or ______________ at the sight of a _____________ _______,
VERB VERB ADJECTIVE NOUN
our kids may not find that frightening at all, but take them in a public restroom with the
sound of a ___________ _____________ or the smell of a ______________
——————-ADJECTIVE NOUN ADJECTIVE
___________________, and we may have tears and yelling for hours afterward.
To avoid the meltdown, we will take precautions like _________________________
—————————————————————————-VERB ENDING IN “ING”
a ____________________ and placing it over our child’s ears, or cutting our visit
shorter to _______________ minutes instead of the usual ____________ hours.
——————–NUMBER ANOTHER NUMBER
If we have the good fortune to get through a trip to the _____________________
without tears being shed, we like to offer our children positive reinforcement like giving
them _________________ or allowing them to eat ________________ with their
regular meals, a great treat!
We appreciate it if you do see a child crying at the _____________________, if you
go about your business and do not stare. This is uncomfortable for us and we tend to get
__________________ which may cause us to wave a __________________ at you
as a reminder that every person is unique and does things in his or her own way. Just
remember, we aren’t staring at you while you _______________ your
_____________ even though we might not think it is very polite.
Hope you will share! And I will share mine later, in the comments below!