“You are not my mother!” King Ben says
“Apologize at once!” I say
“NO!” says the King
“I’ll give you to the count of three. One… Two… THREE!” is my reply
Don’t worry, we’re not fighting. You may even recognize this from the movie Coraline. Ben is scripting. He uses situations from movies to verbalize his thoughts or feelings. I guess he’s still considered non-verbal even though he does talk. He can use whole sentences if it’s part of a script. Or the sentence we taught him when he was about four. “I want _____, please” We wanted him to be able to ask for a juice or the ball or to play. He says this sentence in a kind of sing songy way. When he’s over tired or bored he says it in a whiny voice over & over filling in the blank with whatever we don’t have. But, I digress. (I do this in real life too) Back to scripting. That little piece from Coraline gets acted out every school day when it’s time to get ready. The scene from the movie doesn’t match what’s going on with us but it doesn’t have to be a match. The only thing that matters is the comfort of the predictable routine in the words. Plus the 1,2,3 countdown. He doesn’t use the same scripts all the time. It tends to change with whatever movie he’s favoring at the time. It’s easy for us to play our parts because when he favors a movie it on repeat all day for weeks. He’s eight and in third grade now. I’m hoping that soon he’ll be able to read more words and we can get him a tablet so he can type. I can see his frustration when he’s trying to communicate something and I’m just not getting it. Until that time, we’ll just keep going with the scripts and the few words he has. He’s the King, I’m just his loyal subject. He leads, I follow.