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Sean and Bede went to the grocery store just now. Bede begged to go with him, which has only been happening lately - he hears Sean talking about going and asks for his shirt and his 'japans' (Bedeish for pants <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) and then hops up and down in front of Sean with his arms up, saying "come on, let's go!" It is tres cute.<br><br>
Anyway, when they got home, Sean said the sacker at the store had asked if Bede was autistic. Bede was lunging out of the cart to get to the credit card reader thingy, apparently, and the sacker said "Hello!" and when Bede didn't answer or acknowledge him in any way, asked "Is he autistic?" Sean said yep!<br><br>
(Side note: It didn't occur to me that that was a potentially offensive question until Sean pointed it out to me. Sean of course was not offended and assumed that the sacker was autistic himself to even ask the question, since it could be a social gaffe. I guess kind of like asking someone who has a sizeable belly "when are you due?" to get a withering reply of "I'm not pregnant!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: I reckon he was either autistic or had an autistic relative?)<br><br>
So I guess Bede's 'aut' of the closet! Ha, ha, ha, I crack myself up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Man, that sounds EXACTLY like something my Matthew would do! How old is Bede? Matthew is 4.<br><br>
I am guessing you are right about the sacker, that he must know someone who is autistic. My boy does not yet have a diagnosis, but I am starting the process to get him evaluated, and I see a lot of just "different" behaviors in him.<br><br>
I was reading your blog a bit, and read your essay on RDI therapy. Cool thing is my next door neighbor works at the Connections Center here in Houston, and regularly gives seminars on RDI. If my son is diagnosed, I definitely have an awesome resource right here! Has it helped out your son a lot?
 

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Jill, Bede is 4 also. Yay 4!<br><br>
I like RDI activities a lot, but our lifeblood is Floortime!<br><br><a href="http://floortime.org/" target="_blank">http://floortime.org/</a> main Floortime site and<br><br><a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1191852,00.html" target="_blank">http://www.time.com/time/magazine/ar...191852,00.html</a> a great article about Floortime as contrasted with ABA and also autism spectrum conditions in general.
 

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Something like that happened to us at Target. The girl ringing us up looked at Maura and said "Is she cross eyed?" Then she followed it up with "My sister has crossed eyes." I just thought it was funny at the time b/c EVERYONE noticed Maura's eyes crossed here and there and yet the eye doctor couldn't get her to do it. You should have seen the girl's face when I answered "According to the doctor, no, there's nothing wrong." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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So I guess Bede's 'aut' of the closet! Ha, ha, ha, I crack myself up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"></div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I agree the sacker probably has some knowledge about autism.
 

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You're funny.... "aut". The more time we spend in the community, the more things like this happen. Sometimes when I'm introducing Ben to people for the first time, I tell them "He doesn't speak but he understands everything you say. Ben has autism." I think Ben appreciates this. As for people in the community making comments, I just chalk this up to raised awareness. I've never thought about folks being rude by asking. Its kind of like a small child asking blatant questions... My grandmother still laughs that, at age 2, I asked a lady why she had a mustache. This is life.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 
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