Tuesday, 3. July 2012 22:00
Many on the Autism spectrum have difficulty with theory of mind. Presuming that others have unique ideas, thoughts, and feelings different from their own. Ellie definitely has challenges with it. Last night, however, was the CUTEST example of this. EVER.
Ellie was on my lap, head back, under my chin. I was lightly moving my fingertips up and down her arm. When I stopped, she reached over, picked up my hand, put it back on her arm, and moved it up and down, indicating she was not finished with this luxurious moment. I started to giggle and so did she. I told her I used to do the very same thing to my Mom when she stopped tickling my skin. Ellie said, “YOU DID?!?! Boy, you and your Mom were really good guessers.” To her, the only reason my own Mom and I would have ever done that is because we knew Ellie would do the same thing. Funny. In that moment, I couldn’t think of a better explanation. So, we’re going with it.
P.S. I miss you Mom. You would have delighted in your granddaughter.