Monday, July 12, 2010


We had two boys; 8 and 5 years old, for a sleepover. the boys are well-natured, considerate, and familiar with Sebastian's behaviours. They know to recognize and run for cover when he screams and becomes aggressive. Sebastian is familiar with them, and I thought it would be a good experience for all to share space. All including me. Sebastian is my only child and I do not know much about "neurotipical" children's behaviour.

I have to admit that Sebastian, although demanding in some ways, is not as challenging in other areas. I am just not used to the constant questions of always wandering, forming minds, and the steady flow of ideas and projects. Sebastian, when left alone, is happy to chew on his favourite rubbery, soft objects. He jumps on his trampoline. Occasionally he flips through a book. The most adventurous thing he does is to find himself a new, most of the time inappropriate object to chew on. The visiting boys had ten ideas a minute about what they were going to do next. They were conquering Sebastian's puzzles with zest and satisfaction, making up superhero stories using a little Garfield the cat plastic figurine, requesting toys, drinks snacks (I did not have any except of raw carrots): my head was spinning. I think it would take me some time to figure out how to manage a crowd of three kids.

1 comment:

  1. I totally get it what you mean about NT kids. I have only one too - and he has autism. My son cleans up after he plays, becuase he is obsessive about his routines. My house is always clean (except for my mess!) and he is quite happy to be left alone.

    I baby sit NT kids when I get the chance to understand them and you know it helps to know what I should let Khaled get away with because thats what all kids are doing! But boy they tire me out. Constant demands for my attention, games NEVER end...I remember reading the same 3 books to a 2 year old so many times I got so bored hahaha...I guess all kids have repetitive behavior, but it serves a different function for them. Its fun though. I love kids.