And the Answer is…, Anyone?

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.

————————————–NOUN

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.

NOUN

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

————NOUN

shorter to _______________ minutes instead of the usual ____________ hours.

——————–NUMBER                                                                      ANOTHER NUMBER

If we have the good fortune to get through a trip to the _____________________

————————————————————————————PLACE 1

without tears being shed, we like to offer our children positive reinforcement like giving

them _________________ or allowing them to eat ________________ with their

——————-NOUN                                                                                 FOOD

regular meals, a great treat!

We appreciate it if you do see a child crying at the _____________________, if you

——————————————————————————–PLACE 1

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

EMOTION                                                                                            NOUN

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

———————————————————————-VERB

_____________ even though we might not think it is very polite.

NOUN

Hope you will share!  And I will share mine later, in the comments below!

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About solodialogue

I'm a lawyer and the mom of a 6 year old boy with autism. I work part time and spend the rest driving here and there and everywhere for my son's various therapies. Instead of trying cases, I now play Pac-man and watch SpongeBob. I wear old sweaters and jeans and always, always flat shoes to run after my son. Yeah, it's different but I wouldn't change it for anything. The love of my child is the most powerful, beautiful and rewarding aspect of my life.
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9 Responses to And the Answer is…, Anyone?

  1. Flannery says:

    This is brilliant!!! I have to share this on Facebook.

  2. Flannery says:

    This is brilliant! Posting on Facebook.

  3. This was a lot of fun! Husband and I did this together and I quite muddled things up. 🙂

  4. You’re hilarious (who knew?!) The hubs is traveling on business right now so I don’t have anyone to test this on, but you can bet I’ll be drilling his knowledge of nouns and verbs as soon as he gets back 🙂

  5. Lisa says:

    Ooh…something to do in the neuropsych waiting room!

  6. Teresa says:

    You are so clever and SO funny!
    I must repost this on FB.

  7. What a great idea! Mad Libs – Special Needs Edition. Love it! 🙂

  8. You are sooooooooooooo clever…..and funny… “go away!” lol….:)

  9. eof737 says:

    Love it and you are a natural …. comedienne! 😉

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