Play Imitating Life

April is autism awareness month for all who do not have autism in their homes. I no longer live with my autistic brother, but I constantly remember the experiences I’ve had. There are a lot of experiences with autism that are incredibly difficult, but those serve to make moments like the one retold in “Play Imitating Life” that much more powerful. All children are brilliant. I wish all adults (parents or not) would realize that.


My son always amazes me.  Often, he seems to be in his own little world.  He doesn’t always watch what you are doing, yet he does take note of details.

Today, Pookie was playing with some plastic eggs left over from Easter.  It was a task that I had available to help with his fine motor skills.  He picked up each egg, look it over carefully, then tap it on the couch before opening it. Once opened, he would lightly shake each half before setting them down.  Consistently, he did this with each egg.  I put the eggs back together for him and he went through the entire process again.

Until now, I hadn’t realized just how much he paid attention to me when I cook with eggs.  I always check the eggs over to be sure there are no cracks in the shell, thus causing the egg to spoil.  Once I look the…

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About paulbrodie

I am a writer and a musician. My education is in psychology with emphasis in industrial/organizational psychology. My work experience has been primarily with electronic document management. Academically and intellectually I am interested in criminology and sociology. I am married to my favorite person in the world and we have one daughter.
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2 Responses to Play Imitating Life

  1. Thank you for reposting this. It was truly an inspired moment that proved that autistic people are not as detached as they often appear. They are quite intelligent and clever.

    • paulbrodie says:

      Agreed. With my brother we sometimes think it is less that his whole brain is effected physically and more that there is just interference most of the time. The moments of learning or attentive response seem to suggest it.

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