Jaxon has always been a very animated/dramatic child. He LOVES to watch movies and then not only tell us about them, but act out the scenes! If he watches a movie for the second (third, fourth…) time he can almost tell you what the characters are going to say before they even say it…word for word…it’s like he has a photographic memory…selectively that is!
Jaxon is also very emotional and sensitive. He is very “in tune” with not only his feelings, but with others as well. I like to think that this is a great quality and I am very proud to be raising a child who really “cares” about others feelings. His teachers will tell me how wonderful he is and what a great friend/helper he is…this is AWESOME news to a mom who is not expecting to hear this type of feedback!
Anyway, I am starting to feel/believe that Jaxon doesn’t understand what others are feeling/going through, but he is almost living it himself right along with them. Does that make sense? Ok, for example, when a child see’s his friend get hurt he will most likely feel sympathy for them, right? Well, I think when Jaxon see’s his friend get hurt he actually feels like he got hurt as well, feels it to his core?? This may make me sound like a crazy person, but I truly believe this.
Another example...When my husband deployed two years ago, he told Jaxon that he needed to be the big boy and take care of his brother and me...Jaxon took this so literal that he refused to leave my side anytime I had a migrane, (my parents lived next door and would take the baby when I was sick but Jaxon would not go with them) he insisted that it was his job to take care of me until I felt better!
Does anyone else with a child diagnosed with ASD feel this way…please chime in!!