I was telling the story in our last Mom's group, about how I used a photograph of my son picking....yes....picking his nose in order to see if that would shock him into understanding what we have been telling him for YEARS, about how that looks, what other kids think, etc. And....it has worked like a charm...most of the time (in public)...since we showed him! As a matter of fact, most Aspie's are indeed visual learners - from Temple Grandin thinking in pictures, to many of our kids who need to "see" it, to understand or learn it. You know...God knew that there would be, dare I say it?, a majority, of his children who are visual learners. I know it! How do I know it? This is why:
"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."
You will hear this verse used by Pastors to help all to understand that per the Bible, everyone will stand before God and have to give an account of why they did not choose Jesus....and the arguement of "no one told me, or I lived in darkest Asia, etc.", will not be valid, because of this verse. I also love this verse, because I have talked to several Mom's over the years who worry that because of their kids A.S. they don't think their kids understand the Bible, or Sunday School teaching, etc. I think we should not worry as much about our kids not "getting" God. We do need to tell them, yes...but I think our kids see His handiwork better than neurotypicals do often...because they in many ways are not so cluttered by cultural norms. Oh yes, and they are usually visual learners. So where am I going with this? When you can, take your visual learner outside and just look at what God made. Give God the credit for the beauty of the sunset or the amazing engineering of a Monarch or Hummingbird. Your kid will get it, if you help them along a bit, and you will be reminded as well. My son and I spent a couple hours today outside looking at grass. Have you ever? It's nutty how much world is in a few feet of turf...and how fascinating that can be, on the right day!
We have a support group for moms in the Tulsa area!
Our group meets the first Thursday of every month from 7-9p.
We welcome all moms who are parenting children who have Asperger's Syndrome.
For locations and last minute updates about meetings, check here or (even better) check our Facebook page.
We are currently meeting in the back room at Mazzio's on 51st & Sheridan in Tulsa.