A few days ago we went to Home Depot. He enjoys going to Home Depot because of all the isles of tons of stuff and I like going because my creative juices get started. Anyway I had to pick up something that I wasn't familiar with so to save time, I found someone to help. George asked, so I handed him a small list and we were off to collect the items. As we were filling up the cart, George told Benjamin to steer the cart because we were turning left. Hesitation on my part because did he know right from left? Turns out George sorta steered the cart left so my son then continued it. While I was getting a brief explanation on how the product worked, my son kept pestering my daughter. She started complaining, he kept after her and I had to take many breaks from the conversation with George to say, "Stop. Stay away from each other. No candy when we leave." Not that I promised candy but sometimes there is a level of desperation to try to get them to behave. This happens with typical kids....so I am told.
Thanks George for all your help but we were heading down a spiral path. You could just tell that in a very short time there would be trouble....autism trouble.
|The candy that started it all.|
He got it.
I resisted temptation to tell both George and the check-out guy about his condition. Would it have made a difference anyway? Autism looks typical. If he would've put the candy into his pocket and gotten in trouble, would an explanation of autism have been enough to get him out of it? I don't want to know...I think. He needs to know that shoplifting is not OK and hopefully he doesn't attempt it again.