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Children Don’t Do as You Say…

They do what they SEE you do!  A quick note and small example I wanted to share with you.  Since I decided to become a writer (Yes-that is how it happened, I just plain-old decided one day, and then did it.  I think this is very much an Aspie thing.), my oldest son starting writing his own book.  He is working on a story that he wants to then illustrate into animae.  I always knew that anything I do Aspie Teen emulates in these ways.  Any time I start a business, he does as well, and writing is no different. It is very important what I decide to do with my time with the boys watching so closely.

Yesterday the little man (9) asked if he can use my computer. They all like using my computer even though they have their own. I thought he wanted to go on there to look up toys on Amazon (see I shop on Amazon so they look for everything on Amazon) or see video games. I have friends who come over and discuss his favorite video games, especially Pokemon and so he knows a lot about games and consoles. My gamer friend downloaded Pokemon fire red rom and my son was beyond happy to finish the first level. But I was wrong to assume he wanted the computer for Pokemon. He asked me to help him pull up Microsoft Word so he can write his book! How awesome is that?

The little man told me that in school (during resource room time) he decided to write a chapter book. What a great way to spend his “free time!”

Well I was intensely focused on my crazy bathroom project that I have going on and didn’t pay him too much attention beyond getting the program started.  This morning I walked to my computer and found this in an open Word document…..


“Sonic V.S. Mega Man

Chapter1 Mega Man. Mega Man is a old classic teenage boy. People wonder is this the hero they have all been waiting for this whole time? Mega Man has blue armor and a blast cannon.


Mega Mans arch enemy is DR.Gero.

Chapter2 Sonic

Sonic is a blue hedgehog that can run about 720mi an hour with his super speed. He may be small but he is 16. Sonic is also a teenage hero.


Sonic’s arch enemy is DR.EggMan.

Chapter3 The Fight Is On”


I can’t wait to see what he puts in Chapter 3!

Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert, contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, on the autism spectrum.


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  2. It’s great! When I frst saw your post title, I assumed this was going to be a rant, but it’s actually positive. I’m glad your son finds pleasure in writing.

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