A glimpse into his world may change the way you look at yours.
I mean, it’s not like we live in two different worlds... but Bryce sees a much more brighter world than anyone could ever imagine. Ever. At least I think he does. He sees no negativity. No hate. No barriers. No dangers. No discrimination. Nothing bad. He just sees the beautiful in everything, which is a lesson in itself, but that’s not what this blog is about.
Bryce was starting to line up his little collection of slugs that are made out of play dough. Lining up objects is a very typical behaviour that most children with autism have.
Side note: Attributes that we often consider highly sought out to have, such as neatness, organization, perfection, and ability to work independently, have a completely different meaning if you have those attributes and are a person with autism.
So Bryce was lining up his slugs and I decided to grab the camera and film it because I wanted to show everyone a glimpse into his world. If you watch the video, you will see how Bryce is determined, motivated and has amazing problem solving skills.
He’s neat, organized, a perfectionist, and works well independently... all these extremely positive traits that he has are labeled as an autism characteristic: Lining up objects. It is so much more than just lining up objects.
Please note: I tried not to talk too much during the video to help demonstrate Bryce’s independence and thought process behind the things he does and the way he does them. Usually as he’s commentating everything he is doing, or says things in the right context (for example: says “white slugs” while pointing to the white slugs) I acknowledge and praise him for it as positive reinforcement increases the positive behaviour.
I also want to point out that my floors are not usually that dirty and that the camera adds ten pounds of dirt... ;)
Enjoy the video.
Thanks for reading,