Jack-Jack is 11 and has autism. There are things about Jack-Jack you should know. Maybe, just maybe, knowing Jack-Jack will help you understand your own child. You see, I didn’t know, and I wish someone could have told me.
Jack-Jack forgets. Some days he can’t remember words he knows he should know, and he will say, “help me find the word.” Jack-Jack knows he doesn’t always remember. Before he could verbally let us know he couldn’t remember a word, he would ask, “What’s wrong with me?” And I would answer truthfully, “Your brain works differently.” Other days, he is as sharp as a tack. In the morning, you don’t know which Jack-Jack will show up. There are certainly ways to help him improve such as diet, sleep, and sunshine (sadly lacking in our part of the world).
Jack-Jack hates when people yell, talk in an agitated manner, or use “their angry eyes” (like Mr. Potato Head). He even hates when his dad and I talk “business” because we have a different tone, and he interprets those tones as anger.