My son went to first grade before we had him diagnosed with Aspergers. He was in the school library with his class and had quickly found a book he wanted to read. He went to his teacher and asked her what to do next. She said, “Go to your seat and read it until everyone else is done finding their books.”
So, the library class ends and the teacher is lining the kids up to go back to the classroom. She does, as usual, a quick count of the kids and comes up one short. “Where is Joshua?” she asks the kids. None of them know. The librarian doesn’t know. So, the WHOLE school is put on lockdown while the teacher and several others go in search of Josh. After trying several places, the teacher thinks to herself about what she said to Josh, “Go to your seat…” She went back to the classroom and what did she find? Joshua sitting in his seat, happily reading his book.
In her relief, the teacher cries, “There you are! I’ve been looking all over for you.” Josh thinks he’s in trouble and breaks down crying, “I did what you told me. I went to my seat.” It took several minutes to calm him down and assure him that he was not in trouble and that the teacher should have been more clear about where Josh was to have gone with his book.
The moral of the story is: When dealing with a kid with Aspergers, be specific and say what you mean. It is most likely that they will take you literally.
Do you find that you take things literally at times?