Saturday, April 23, 2011

Oddest Autist Audibles

Being the parent of an autist can feel like being a juggler. The issues of communication, behavior, and therapy spontaneously go 'round and 'round.  Just when you've got a secure grip on one issue, two more spring up with the potential of ruining the whole act.

After years of observing and working with my own autist, there are days when it seems we've got it all downpat. Nothing much happens that isn't rehearsed.  

And then, we venture into public.  Here we are on stage, live, and you just never know what these sweet autists will say. This is one area where I am always on my guard.  Here are some fun things my autist has said in public. They either make me laugh or make me wish I was plucking my eyebrows instead!

1. Upon meeting a little girl at the park who was wearing a pair of red socks, Ashi yells, "Hey, it's the Red Sox!" ( little snarl from said girl with red socks)

2. "Mom, does God appreciates Las Vegas?" ( People staring as if waiting for my reply)

3. Announcing to dumbfounded 4 year olds that "we are going to the 46th Annual Country Music Awards!"  (This still remains a mystery to me.)
4. Screaming, "I want to live in a cage with the door shut!" ( Ashi relates most of life to the animal kingdom.)

5. Screaming at the top of her lungs, "I need to go the hospital!" for a very small abrasion that didn't even bleed. ( I hope the neighbors were gone that day.)

6. "My mother just got out of prison." ( Tweezers please!)

7. At Halloween, a little girl came to our house dressed as Satan, Ashi says, "I don't think God appreciates  your costume very much."  ( Okay, I was proud of her for saying that.)

8. Calling my Father-in-Law an old man, and also telling my Dad that "she doesn't appreciate him rummaging through her stuffed animals!" (Sheesh Grandpa, rummaging!!)

9. "What's a cookie?" asks my then-six-year-old, to every adult she met at the swimming pool last year.  She's talking about information stored on a computer's hard drive and she knows what they are, she just wants to see if YOU know what they are.  (dumbfounded 30, 40, 50...year olds)

10. The last time Ashi had a loose tooth I asked her to please give it to me when it came out so I could save it. She replied, "Okay." Then she yanked the tooth out and handed it to me! ( Ugh!  It wasn't that loose!)

11. We homeschool and Ashi's teachers are on her laptop.  I asked, "are you answering your teacher's questions?" She replies, "I'm questioning my teacher's answers!"

12 I ask her, "Do you know where your blue headband is?" She matter-of-factly says,"It's in California!" (We live in Kansas)

13. Ashi is very good at math and when she can see the answers without performing the work, she says, "I put my Math in my eye."

14. Word contractions are very easy for her.  She explains,  "I performed surgery on the words and the apostrophe is the scar!"

15. We moved recently and have not yet put up Ashi's trampoline, so she is jumping all over the furniture.  I say, "Ashi, don't jump all over the furniture."  She says, "Mom, I must use gravity!"  ( well, okay then, since it's gravity!?)

16.) I put up safety gates for baby brother, Izaiah.  Ashi says, "Mommy, do we live in a gated community now?"  ( That wasn't in public, but is hilarious!)

I must admit that I am very proud of the things Ashi can say and there's always some kind of true rationale behind it, at least to her and me. But, I do hate that feeling of always having to be on guard.  So, if you are a parent who does not yet have the priveledge of having your own personal autism circus, please do not judge the lady ahead of you in line at the checkout,  pretend to read a magazine if you have to.  Try to not draw conclusions about your neighbor even if her child barks like a dog and speaks of cages.  Ask her about it first. No doubt she would love to fill you in!  Keep in mind that many autists take 'pictures' in their minds of scenes from movies, books, websites, poetry, and they transform these into their own real life scenarios.  So, when an autists says, "my mother just got out of prison," just let your hackles down. You may get to hear an interesting story, or as in our case, get a poem recited by my-then-six year old. That will help put something odd into perspective for you.

Annie Eskeldson writes for parents of very young autists. She has 2 published children's books, Ashi's Gift and the sequel, Ashi: In a Class all by Myself.  Both are available as books or ebooks.  Visit  for links.



  1. This is so true, Annie! My son is now addicted to NEST Entertainment's Animated Classic Heroes (history) DVDs. The other day, when he was angry I wouldn't let him do something, he huffed, puffed, and then said, "You can't keep me from creating!" and stomped off. (That's quoting Michelangelo) Once he was quoting something or other to the librarian, and she could not understand him, and I explained, "He's quoting one of the history movies to you." :)

  2. oh my goodness - yes! I so understand. And, it happens every day all the time and trying to remember it all is so hard. I am going to look into the NEST dvd's. Hopefully Ashi will like them ( I know her Dad and I will:0))

  3. That cracked me up! She is so precious. My little 5 year old is an "autist" (I love this), but he is not nearly that funny. I appreciate your blog!
    Thanks so much!

  4. daiel_boyd Added: 24 Apr, 2011 5:35 pm

    Haha, these are all so cute. Being a huge baseball fan, my favorite would definitely be #1 hahaha delete

    Claire_radley Added: 24 Apr, 2011 4:57 pm

    hahaha #7 made me laugh out loud....terrific young girl you have

  5. CarlWilliams Added: 29 Apr, 2011 4:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Hahaha. Adorable little child you have :-) delete

    melreindhart Added: 29 Apr, 2011 2:22 pm

    cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute ! delete

    BarbaraHutch Added: 28 Apr, 2011 5:35 pm

    Brought a smile to my dad...such a pretty girl ! delete

    Patsy Added: 28 Apr, 2011 12:10 pm

    haha love it ! delete

    PChallab Added: 27 Apr, 2011 1:55 pm

    I just read all of adorable. makes me happy. delete

    UK_CHARLIE Added: 26 Apr, 2011 2:07 pm

    haha I bet life is definitely not boring with her around to make you laugh on a daily basis delete

    Rebecca_mom_of_2 Added: 26 Apr, 2011 11:37 am

    hehe adorable... delete

  6. noelbella Added: 02 May, 2011 12:28 am

    Never let Autism slow us down! Annie, you are the one who is uplifting ! delete

    AnnieEskeldson Added: 29 Apr, 2011 4:30 pm

    Thanks you guys for reading and enjoying my post. It is so encouraging and you are all so uplifting. Life is pretty fun at our house, we have our hard days too, but we never let autism slow us down. It has been the best career for me ever, to homeschool our autistic daughter. delete

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