I love how Temple Grandin puts into words what Nathan might be feeling and how amazing he copes with his challenges.
As a baby, Nathan was always scared of sudden sounds. It did not just startle, it really scared him. His face looked like he just watched a horror movie.
Even I started to hate the sudden sneezes of Papa or Grandfather because I didn’t like the corresponding fearful face on Nathan. If I could stop all of the sudden sneezes, I would have!
But all on his own, my genius boy figured out how to overcome his fear. Through the years, Nathan has been enjoying what I call our peek-a-boo game.
Nathan picks a chain of words for me to echo back but expects me to say it back with a peek-a-boo twist at the end. He knows he will get a surprising loud word at the end but instead of fearful surprise, Nathan waits with happy anticipation for me to say it while looking closely at my eyes and lips. He bursts into laughter after I loudly utter the surprise word. I love this game and the laughter it brings us!
Sudden sneezes sounds don’t bother Nathan anymore. Through the years his peek-a-boo games have have helped his overcome this fear!
God is good! I always used to blame myself for the premature birth of my twins, Nathan’s brain injury at birth, and that I over vaccinated Nathan and he regressed deep into autism…but regardless of what we have done in the past God continues to heal. In fact, from the beginning, He already gave each of us intuition to heal!