My son and I had our first VERBAL disagreement last night…EVER! I didn’t recognize the enormity of discussion until reflecting upon my day last night. It was a very simple discussion:
My son stood in the doorway of the kitchen and said “Bedtime”
Me: “No hunny, it’s bathtime for you.”
My son: “No. Bedtime.”
Me: “No hunny. First bathtime, then bedtime.”
My son: “Bedtime”
Me: “Sweetheart, I’m glad you’re using your words, but first bathtime, then bedtime” and off we went for bathtime.
Very simple. Not a huge deal necessarily BUT this was a discussion between me and my amazing 6 year old son who has Autism, and up until at least 6 months ago, fell under the “non-verbal” classification. Not only was he initiating conversation, he was stating his preference and trying to convince me to follow through with his preference.
I don’t think I will ever be so happy as I was last night to “argue” with anyone…especially my son!