An awesome life lesson from Amber:
Right now we’re working on social skills with him, and one of the facets of this is giving compliments. We talk to him about how, if you say something nice to someone, they’ll usually say something nice back to you. So the other day he walks up to me with his therapist and says, “Amber, your shirt is pretty cool today.”
I looked at him, shrugged one of my shoulders, and said, “Yeah, it is pretty cool, isn’t it?”
“You’re supposed to say that my shirt is cool, too.” he replied, scrunching up his little chubby face.
“But I don’t wanna say that your shirt is cool, too,” I teased, “‘Cause mine is way cooler and that’s just the way it is.”
“Say it!” he started yelling. “Say my shirt is cool, too!”
“Nope. I gotta go now, buddy. Talk to you later.” I replied, as I walked away and he continued to yell at me to tell him that his shirt was cool. Sometimes you just gotta keep it real.
I hope he isn’t scarred for life.