Friday 22 June 2018

What happened during the England game

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Here are a few examples of what I heard:
"He's not covering the post."


"Hype... Popcorn"

"Cap, cover the perimeter"

"Oh.. that was close."

"Yyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssss! Get in!"
(several fist pumps, happy dance)

"And it's lights out and away they go."

"Where was that going?"

"Oh that's a penalty!"

"And Hamilton's on the grass, and Hamilton's had a massive crash."
(excessive jumping)

"Come on England."

"And both Mercedes are out in the first lap."

"Cap, we have to work as a team."

Err.. wait a minute.. did you catch those last two? Any real sports fan, myself not included, might have picked up on it a bit earlier.  Generally Captain's don't 'cover the perimeter', there's no player called Hamilton, who would have the nerves to eat popcorn and what's that about 'light's out'?

Whereas the 'Shhhh' comment was obviously directed at me and several comments were directed at the TV, the remaining few were something else entirely - our son Anthony, scripting.

Scripting is a easy to remember autism term.  It's the repeating of words, quite often 'scripts' from television or other media. It's similar to, but I think in my kids different from, their presentation of echolalia, where they 'echo' words.  Both our autistic boys developed echolalia as a way of responding to a communication.  For example:

"David, would you like an apple or a pear?" and David says "Pear"

Sometimes David may actually want a pear, other times he just echoes that last word he heard because he knows if he responds he'll get something to eat.

Anthony's scripting isn't this kind of response.  His scripting is a method of stimming. Stimming is short for "self stimulatory behaviour".  In effect here, Anthony is really excited about watching the football match and he seeks to activate his senses as a way of coping with how he feels.

He repeats short snippets from areas of special interest including Avengers and from recent Grand Prix races. He also jumps about to get this feeling too and will often lately pull in another of his interests - Fortnite emotes. Without his scripting and jumping he feels at a loose end.. wrong.  It's a bit like the feeling you need to have a hug when your are sad I guess. David often stims by spinning round and shaking his hands.

During the football match, while my hubby is doing a 'happy dance' because England have scored, Anthony is saying weird out of context stuff and possibly doing one of his favourite Fortnite: Battle Royale dances (currently either Squad Kick or Groove Jam I think) because that is the way he shows he is really excited to watch the game!

Sometimes scripting can cause Anthony to be distracted like when he is trying to do his homework,  But, all in all, the things I heard during the last England game told me that my guys were just having a good time.. and that's pretty cool!

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  1. It's great to see England doing well in the world cup and there was much fist punching the air in our house too. #KCACOLS

  2. I’m embittered because I’m welsh but I don’t get football! Got the echolalia here too - my son is 10 and on the spectrum so does tend to repeat everything he hears 😂 fun! He’s supporting Costa Rica though


  3. It's definitely cool to know that everyone's enjoying themselves watching the game. It's good that the boys are expressing themselves throughout so you know they're happy, fingers crossed the team will continue to keep them happy! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  4. It sounds like they were having great fun watching the game. x

  5. I remember you mentioning Anthony's scripting before. My daughter does the same, it's usually to distract herself from something though. I know when she's had one of her regular toilet accidents and I'm helping her clean up, I'll ask her something but she's too busy scripting something from a You Tube video. The other day we were in the car when she started scripting, something I'd heard about a million times and I guess her sister had too because she joined in!
    The football has been very exciting though, I haven't manage to catch any racing although hubby was telling me of some bad crashes.

  6. This is interesting to learn, it is good that he is enjoying the games. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  7. It's great your son is scripting through the game, half the stuff he is saying sounds similar to those family and friends who only watch the football because its the World Cup and actually have no idea what the game is about, so he's fitting right in lol

  8. It certainly sounds like Anthony was enjoying watching the game. I love the mixture of different things that he pulls into his scripting and the excitement that comes across through it. #WotW

  9. However they do it, it's great that they're having fun! Interesting what you say about scripting. #kcacols

  10. Glad they're having fun! This is interesting to know.


  11. This is brilliantly informative. Thank you for sharing <3 #KCACOLS

  12. Fun, no matter, just have fun! #KCACOLS xoxo

  13. The first half certainly was exciting. Lots of jumping up and down here! #ablogginggoodtime

  14. Im never normally one for football but I got quite involved!

  15. Wow fascinating and so insightful ... I imagine he wasn't the only one watching to others to see how to react during the World Cup! #BlogCrush

  16. This is such an interesting post , I guess we all show pleasure differently but as long as you know everyone is having fun that's really all you need to know . Congratulations that someone chose this post as their #blogcrush this week


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