Autism Watch: 2007

Friends and Sleepovers

Posted on: August 9, 2010

One of BB’s most common issues anymore is social skills. As a result, making friends is the most important thing to him…outside of coding new pages in his online building game. (The kid definitely has a career in game design, architecture or web development.) He has talked about it since starting his new school, and before the end of last year, he’d met one boy he really wanted to be friends with. Fast-forward to the new year, after a summer filled with family visits, beach trips and getting to know our new area, and he was still close with the boy. Daily phonecalls got longer and more frequent, and this last Friday, he was invited to spend the night. Hallelujah! Prayers are answered. And better than you expect they will be.

On Saturday evening, we picked up an extremely exhausted but oh-so-happy little man from his friend’s house. They’d spent the day at the beach, and his little pink cheeks were laying down in my car before I could even get in it myself after saying goodbye to the very nice family who took great care of him. Things all went well, and we invited the boy to visit our house this next weekend. By the time he went to bed last night, they’d talked on the phone three or four more times, and another boy had called and talked to him, too!

I still need to work with him a bit on not speaking his mind so much, and being forgiving when things don’t go as he’d prefer every single second, but he’s come such a long way.  Sometimes it feels like we spend more time having to focus on fixing things, it’s that much more wonderful when we get to watch him just be a little boy. And to quote his favorite phrase, “Period.”

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