Ethan, the four year old autistic one? He sometimes acts like he’s a dog.
He flounces around on all fours, barks, and brings stuff to me in his mouth. He even licks me, but that could just be unresolved oral issues.
I humor him, because I think it could be a useful skill at some point. You know – “bring me my slippers, honey” or “bite that intruder!”
But now little Beckett is doing it. He’s only 21 months, and he is so stinkin’ cute with his little puppy noises, I can’t stand it. He crawls over to me when I sit on the floor and nuzzles his little soft head in my lap and my heart just goes goosh. So I let him do it, too.
What I’m wondering is, am I helping solidify some kind of maladaptive means of them getting their needs met? Is Ethan going to bite strangers like he now bites his brother and me? Is Beckett going to be labeled a weirdo because he wants to be scratched behind the ears by his girlfriend?
These are the things that worry me as a parent. I don’t want to end up on some National Geographic special with kids that can’t speak but only make barking sounds while bounding around the fenced-in back yard.
But I think the problem has resolved itself. Tonight they threw cereal around on the floor and got down on their hands and knees to eat it.
And Ethan said, “Look, mom! We’re chickens!”