❤️I love watching J playing with his Grandma❤️ It’s fascinating as J’s play skills are developing and he is a social boy. However it’s on his terms and it’s not the usual form of social play that you’d expect from 4yr old.
J is not an easy child to play with. He sets things up a particular way and if you’re lucky he will invite you to join in (no, really isn’t an option 😆). But in his mind he has a particular way the game needs to go, particular characters and particular ‘routine’ or established play schedules. This means that unless you know the game he is playing or you have psychic abilities then it’s challenging.
J will only share the game with you for short periods then turn his back or be in his little bubble...or he’ll be telling you off for doing it wrong, or repeating a phrase over and over until he gets the ‘right’ response. He’ll then switch back to wanting to interact with you and just expect you to pick up again and know exactly what you’re meant to do.
Oh the look you get if you do it wrong...it’s like being scolded by the head teacher! It may require a lot of patience and understanding of how J’s brain works but it’s worth it to be part of his world.
For children who are autistic playing with others can be a struggle. It requires having an understanding that others don’t always think or feel the same as you which is a hard concept. It involves a lot of social interaction such as turn taking, listening and sharing...again that’s hard when in your head you already have it all mapped out. No wonder J gets exhausted and has to have sensory chill out times. His brain is a busy place x
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