Maggie and the Ferocious Beast

One of the ways that Noelle learned to talk was through scripted talking.  She would learn a phrase from the tv or computer and she would adapt it to situations that made sense to her.  One of the things that developed from that; however, was when she began to verbally stem, or repeat things over and over again.  I am so glad to report that now at 5 years old she does not script or stem at all! We are so grateful to the way that God is healing every symptom that we have laid before him!  

I want to share this one story with you that seemed to be the moment that changed the tide in her stemming.  TC had taken her on a walk and she seemed to want to talk about her favorite tv show, but all she kept getting out was "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?" "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?" "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?" "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?" "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?" "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?" "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?" "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?" "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?" "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?" "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?" "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?" "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?" "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?"

….so finally TC got tired of saying.."Yes, Elle.  You want to watch that show." After which she would respond yet again… "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?"

 So he tried an experiment and turned the tables on her..not to be mean, but to try and reverse the pathways in her brain that were stuck…so instead of replying random responses he started saying…"Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?" in which she would say "YES!" Then he: "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast?" Then she: "YES" This went on for awhile and then she stopped… looked at him… and said Stop saying that!!!!  It was like she was able to finally recognize that  repetitive  talking was not effectively communicating!!! It was so brilliant!  

From then on that is what we did whenever she would repeat for too long, and then she would stop, recognize, and change the subject.

It is so neat how are minds really are a lot like computers, and with autism there are a lot of tricks to reboot, the trick is to find them…

                        

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