I have a sweet friend, Grish, who raised a great son who also happens to have Autism. He is graduating from UC Davis on Saturday. Isn’t that cool?
Okay, I am mentioning this because I am proud of him and of her forever loving support of him. I also want to share something she taught me about how she handled his incessant, self-focused talking. She taught him she could hear about four sentences on a topic before she stopped being able to hear at all.
Lightbulb! I had never thought of that before that day. I could just teach my children to stop after four sentences. That turned out significantly harder than it sounds, of course. Isn’t everything?
My kids both get it now though. They talk enough to share and not too much to make me start to pull my hair out. It took about a year to drive it home, but it was worth it.
I love it that my kids both still want to talk to me, share with me, get my ideas on things, etc. I also really love that I can stop them now after a few minutes without hurting their feelings. As a matter of fact, when their eyes glaze over when I am talking to them we can joke about my having over-reached my four sentences.