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My son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at 24 months. I created this blog to bring meaning to the often-confusing label. Sometimes I have answers. Other times, just more questions.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Not quite robust, but definitely not barren...

...is how I'd describe Brad's imagination. Here he is, in action:



Me, personally, I don't get a rote or scripted vibe, but admittedly, I'm biassed.

11 comments:

goodfountain said...

Substitute princesses for farm animals and you've got a page straight out of our house.

Your boys are cuties.

Although, please tell me that video was taken some months ago and you're not dressing your kids in sweats and long sleeves in June?!?

Saja said...

Where I live, long sleeves is more the rule than the exception in June, especially in the evenings....maybe Laura also lives in a more northern climate.

The autie thing I see in the video is the desire to count the animals rather than have them do stuff. :-) He seems to be a happy kid.

Laura said...

thanks, and yes, we're in the Northeast where it's been rainy and cool for weeks now. And yes, Brad is in a counting stage - pretend play comes second. This may foreshadow things to come...

Nyx said...

The closest thing to scripted that I saw was *maybe* when he put the doll in the bed. It didn't so much seem scripted as ... perhaps... just a little ... showing off?? I got the feeling that there was maybe just a little -- extremely NORMAL!! -- competing for attention from Mommy and the camera going on between the two boys? No? At any rate I think he was definitely looking for some praise from Mommy which I think is wonderful.

Laura said...

Yeah, but bunnies watching tv on the couch? I can say that I never modeled that playscript for him, and I think it's safe to say it wasn't modeled for him by actual bunnies. :p

Kris said...

I am having problems with my computer speakers so I can't comment much on Brad's play. I will say that Alec does not play with these types of "little" toys. Never has and my oldest son (with ADHD) didn't much either till he was 7 or so. Their play has/had to involve THEM as a main character. Only play with gross motor component occurs. Ex: playing batman where Alec is Batman, Brandon used to play with dolls with himself as caretaker, or swordfights with themselves wielding the sword, etc. They rarely if ever played with Little People, action figures, etc. It is more pronounced in Alec as his imagination is definitely not robust, to steal your term! Also, he is often distracted with a need for sensory stimulation. He tends to get silly and start throwing things around, etc.
What I could see looked good to me; play is one of Alec's biggest deficits. Someone mentioned Brad counting. Alec does that when he has to sit still, wait in line, etc. He will start to count whatever is available. I think it is one way he tries to keep control of himself! He seems very autistic to me when he does it.

Shari said...

It isn't barren. It is quite cute actually. Both your boys are adorable.

My guy will be 3 in just a couple of weeks, is just now starting to consistently pretend play. What I have noticed with his play, compared with his older brother, is the spontaneity. My older son would pick up a toy cow and it would immediately begin mooing, or eating, or attacking the pig, or whatever. No hesitation, no thinking about it. And he wouldn't tell you what he was doing, he would just be doing it. My little guy would look at the cow for a while, try a few things that he's seen and play more deliberately. And usually lose interest pretty quickly.

Of course not all of his play is like that, just the "action figure" play. I think that kind of play takes more planning, but the more it's done, the easier it gets.

Nyx said...

oh, about the counting, I just have to add that my TYPICAL son counts all the time, he is very proud of it. He is very in love with TWO right now. He keeps noticing 2 of everything. "Two cups!" "Two spoons!" "Two cows!"

Laura said...

Shari, yeah, that spontaneous play is what typical kids do - and a robust imagination in a kid is something to behold. Nyx, I know, right.

A little boy just 2 years old said...

Beautiful! I enjoyed that very much. and the comments too. We get a lot of marching or dancing animals around the bard here..... ;-)

rhemashope said...

His voice is so cute (although your husband's is not too bad, either!) I'm not a good one to judge, but it looks like he's got great imaginative play.