Spectrummy Mummy

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Autistics Speaking Day

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Today is Autistics Speaking Day.  Autistics Speaking Day is about speaking out and being heard all over the world.  Please click >here< to find the collection of posts by advocates and allies at The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism.

As an ally, I’m taking a day off from writing a post to share my collection of Facebook updates featuring the inimitable Pudding.  If this isn’t enough, <here> is another post featuring the language of our resident Aspie.  My wish is that one day she’ll be a proud advocate and member of a collective who won’t be silenced.  Until then, I still think she has much to say…

  • Pudding has a crush on an older boy at school. Merely mentioning his name makes her cover her eyes, coyly. I asked her what he is like to figure out her type.
    “He is like babies, with a Hello Kitty head.”
  • Making toast for breakfast, I ask Pudding if she wants jam. She doesn’t. To clarify things…
    Me: Do you just want butter?
    Pudding: No, I want toast and butter.
  • Following a paint incident, I let Pudding wallow in the bath as long as she needed. After half an hour, I asked her if she was a mermaid. “No, Mummy, I’m a girl….and a fairy.”
  • I forgot how many toys the kids have. WAY too many now that they’re sharing a room and we don’t have a basement. A local orphanage will shortly receive a very big donation.
    Me: Pudding, do you like having all your toys back?
    Pudding: Yes….What is Santa going to bring?
  • Pudding: “Ooh, my hair is all windy.”
  • Daddy: Pudding, what did you do at school today?
    Pudding: No!
    Dadddy: No is not an answer.
    Pudding: Yes?
  • Pudding: “The sky is very high, Daddy.”
  • Me: Kids, put your toys away.
    No response.
    Me: I’m running out of patience.
    Pudding: You need to get some from the store.
  • Me: We have to think about what you’re going to wear to school tomorrow.
    Pudding: Clothes.
  • Last night Pudding was coughing and sneezing.
    Me: Are you sick?
    Pudding: No, I’m not sick.
    Me: Have you got a cold?
    Pudding: No….I’ve got a warm.
  • Pudding was “driving” around the house with the GPS (that I mentioned in yesterday’s post). She came to sit down next to me and said: “You have reached your destination.”
  • “Goodnight Mummy, see you on next tomorrow.”
  • Me: Do you like your new Hello Kitty bubble bath?
    Pudding: Yes, it smells like cats!
  • I bought a buttercup cake pan this weekend, and Pudding was so enthralled that she made up a story for it. Here it is word for word: “One day Mummy made a flower cake. The End.”
  • Pudding on the royal wedding: That’s not a princess. Turn it off! Want to watch Sesame Street!
  • Me: Tomorrow is Easter.Pudding: Shall we make a birthday card for Easter?
  • Me: Pudding, what are you doing?
    (Sound of water being poured)
    Me: Don’t tell me that you’re pouring again!
    Pudding: I’m not pouring…

>Here< is the post I wrote last year about the importance of social networking, speaking out and being heard.

Written by Spectrummy Mummy

November 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm

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  1. I enjoy your posts so much. This one made me smile and remember where I’ve been and how far my son has come. My son, who was not diagnosed as Aspie until he was 10 (before that we were told he had a variety of other issues). He is now 17 and getting ready to apply to college. I wrote a post about him and reprinted the essay he wrote. (tvglgw.wordpress.com) You might be interested because he discusses language and his perspective on it. It’s like a little window into his mind. FYI, for him learning to type was a major breakthrough as he has enormous trouble with handwriting and he can express in (typing) writing things which he struggles to say verbally. look for the S2 update entry.
    Keep up the great writing 🙂


    November 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm

  2. […] to get my boy to take his Albuterol inhaler puffs… oh the nightmare that was, but then I read Spectrummy Mummy’s post about how today is  Autistics Speaking Day. So I thought, well my Aspie is home, let me ask […]

  3. Love the Pudding stories.

    The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism is amplifying autistic voices — and those of allies — at Autistics Speaking Day 2011


    November 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

  4. Love these! My personal favorite? The jam, butter, and toast. You ask a perfectly logical question. You get a perfectly logical answer. 🙂


    November 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm

  5. Favorite:

    Pudding was “driving” around the house with the GPS (that I mentioned in yesterday’s post). She came to sit down next to me and said: “You have reached your destination.”


    November 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm

  6. Totally made me giggle when I read this last night!


    November 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm

  7. You taught me something I did not know – Autistics Speaking Day was not on my calendar. I clicked your link and got so distracted I did not come back til today!! Shame on me! I laughed out loud at the Pudding-isms. Her language is wonderful! My favorite is “Yes it smells like cats!” Note to self: do not buy Hello Kitty bubble bath… 😉

    Thank you for this post! I always stand in awe of you – you teach me so much in such a pleasant and fun way and when there is a tear, I share them with you too.


    November 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm

  8. […] only including posts by people with autism, although several non-autistic parents wrote very sweet and supportive posts.  I’ve attempted to include all entries by autistic people focusing on […]

  9. […] November I ‘d done enough talking, and left it up to Pudding to take part in Autistics Speaking Day.  Pudding dealt with some pretty big emotions.  I got completely carried away with […]

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