I recently(last evening) told a few newer friends about Jonah’s diagnosis. They were blown away. But there’s a lot you don’t see with him. He’s extremely wary of new people and doesn’t show his true colors unless he truly trusts you. So I decided to write some of them down.
Jonah is very quirky!
He does NOT.STOP.TALKING…..ever! He said his first word at 3 months and hasn’t stopped since.
He is amazing at computer games and plays Wii better than i do. He can play Animal Crossing without even being able to read.
He is obsessed with red, but recently won’t eat red foods because they are “blood.” For a while he would only draw with red crayons. If he makes a picture for someone, the whole thing has to be in their favorite color.
He is deathly afraid of makeup. He much prefers men for this reason. If I wear makeup he won’t come near me. We’re working on this one in therapy, as you can imagine, it’s extremely debilitating.
He doesn’t have typical stims that you read about all the time. His major ones are standing on his head and playing with water. He’ll just stand at the sink and let the water run and run his hands under it for hours.
He is very concerned with his brother. They are best friends and he is fiercely protective of him.
He knows more about the solar system than I do.
He remembers extremely complex things from when he was a toddler. We didn’t know he was on the spectrum, just thought he was gifted and we’d watch the History Channel around him, thinking he didn’t “get it.” He can still recite extremely accurate historical events, in all of their gory details. We’ve had to dumb things down for him because he is very obsessed with violent speech.
He latches onto children who are mostly mean to him. I hate this one. He thinks everyone is his best friend. This is great, because he is happy, but the kids he latches onto don’t really like him very much.
He is so beautiful. Really, really beautiful. I am so capitvated by his face and his eyes. He’ll give you perfect eye contact, too, as long as it’s on his terms.