Imagination… We Have It!

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One of the things about kids on the spectrum, is they tend to have problems with imagination. Max hasn’t really been that great at any sort of imaginative play up until the last six months or so.

Today was wonderful!

He was sat, playing with this little plane and it’s wee people for about 30 minutes, flying it around, making the figures walk in and out of the door, and making wee noises like they were speaking to each other, bouncing on up and down and “talking”, then the other one.

Then this evening, I had just changed him into his jammies on my bed, and he found Zack’s foam sword and stuck me with it.

Naturally I pretended to fall over and play dead.

So he jumped on me, and then lifted up my hand, gave me the sword, and sat back.

I poked him in the tum with the sword, and he let himself fall backwards onto the bed! Playing dead!!

I am SO happy to see him engaging with me like that, not to mention the fact that his imagination is coming on so well!

YAY Max! xx

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  1. February 9, 2011 / 12:06 am

    That is so brilliant. I am so pleased for you both. xxx

  2. Kris
    February 9, 2011 / 12:20 am

    Aww how sweet! I want a foam sword! 😛

  3. February 9, 2011 / 9:59 am

    The thing is, this is SUCH a big deal as one of the main things with kids “on the spectrum” is that they lack imagination. So this is HUGE! 🙂

  4. February 9, 2011 / 9:59 am

    Thanks, it was a great day, and today will be too as Max is at nursery and I have 3hrs left to MYSELF! 😀

  5. Alethea
    February 9, 2011 / 10:15 am

    Oh that’s given me goosebumps! What an amazing day for you both!

  6. February 9, 2011 / 10:36 am

    Yeah for Max!!

  7. February 9, 2011 / 11:02 am

    Thanks sweety! I’m SO chuffed!! 😀

  8. February 9, 2011 / 11:03 am

    Indeed! He’s doing *so* well these days. I’m in awe! 🙂

  9. February 9, 2011 / 11:05 am

    Indeed it is! I’m beyond happy to see him developing his own wee imagination, it’s so wonderful to see! 🙂

  10. February 9, 2011 / 1:12 pm

    Thanks sweety! 🙂 xx

  11. February 9, 2011 / 2:32 pm

    Yay, well done to max. Its a huge boost when that day comes, and it doesn’t come for all of them. He is doing really well. It did come here as well, and I remember the first day it happened, I was absolutely amazed. A good day for you. enjoy..


  12. February 9, 2011 / 5:33 pm

    I am! He’s done the same tonight with the sword… I’m so chuffed! 😀

  13. February 9, 2011 / 8:33 pm

    What a lovely post, recording such a precious time in Max’s development. I remember so well when ED started to show her imagination (she has ADHD) and sustain a “game”. It was magical.

    MD xxx

  14. February 9, 2011 / 9:03 pm

    It really is such a wonderful feeling, realising what they’re doing! 🙂

  15. February 9, 2011 / 9:04 pm

    That is WONDERFUL! 🙂

  16. February 9, 2011 / 9:22 pm

    Awww, I love those planes, we have one here too, but wow are they noisy things! Lovely photos and lovely to see him so engaged with the toys and playing 🙂 Jen

  17. February 9, 2011 / 10:07 pm

    Yep! I’m SOOO chuffed! 😀

  18. February 9, 2011 / 10:07 pm

    He adores that plane, even starts dancing when it’s wee jingle comes on! 🙂

  19. February 10, 2011 / 7:04 pm

    Are you sure the problem is with imagination itself or the ways they do or do not communicate their imaginative play? Your son could have been using his imagination all along, but keeping it in his head. Imaginative play of the sort you’re talking about involves interaction–with people, with toys, with space–whereas exercising imagination does not require any interaction at all.

    Just something to consider.

  20. February 10, 2011 / 7:39 pm

    Very true, thanks for the input Stephanie. 🙂

  21. February 11, 2011 / 12:08 am

    I know *exactly* what you mean! x

  22. February 11, 2011 / 11:08 am

    Imagination is such a beautiful thing, I never thought I’d be so bloody grateful for it!

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