Robert and Mouse have been season ticket holders to the Lynx for the last few years. On occasion, Boo and I join them as well. Boo loves all sorts of basketball games, from pick up games at the park to the WNBA, he is an avid fan. Sunday night was game night but Mouse did not want to go. I suggested to Robert that he take Boo Bear. He thought about it for a moment and decided that this sounded fun. I had mentioned it is passing to Boo, but did not know if he really took in the plans for the evening. I was hurrying around trying to get Gloria ready for puppy kindergarten when Robert called to me and said that Boo was missing. He was not in his swing or in his room. My next guess was that he was in the garage. I poked my head in the garage and sure enough, there he was in the back of my car. I opened the door and said, “Hey, buddy, what are you doing?” He answered me by making the iPad say, “I want to go on the train.” He was, as usual, absolutely correct. We always take the train to see basketball games. I had not mentioned anything about taking the light rail, but he knew it was the first logical step in getting out the door. So, he put on his shoes and socks, grabbed his iPad, got in my car, closed the door, and put on his seatbelt. Clearly, he was just waiting for me. I told him that he was right on target, but he was going in Daddy’s car. We switched vehicles with no fuss and Robert whisked him off to the game.
So, this story could be just a cute little anecdote about Boo’s love for basketball. It is that, but it is also much more. Just because someone does not look you in the eye, or verbally reply to you does not mean that they are not listening and taking in information. Children, autistic and neurotypical are little sponges. They listen to everything! They remember everything, whether you want them to or not. Please, please be careful of what you say in front of all children and teens, verbal or non verbal. They may not be looking at you, but I guarantee that they are listening.
By the way, Boo Bear had an awesome time at the game and the Lynx won!