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It’s Just Ketchup

It's Just Ketchup

CRASH!!!

I jumped up to find R sitting on the floor next to his chair, his plate on the floor next to him. Ketchup was splattered from head to toe and all over the wall next to him. He wasn’t hurt, no. As I rushed toward him he said:

“Mom! It’s not blood! It’s just ketchup!”

Yes, I said, it’s not blood, it’s ketchup!

“IT’S NOT BLOOD! IT’S KETCHUP!”

Yes! It’s ketchup!

“IT’S NOT BLOOD!!!!! IT’S KETCHUP!!!!!”

Yes! I know it’s not blood, it’s ketchup!

“MOOOMMMM! DO YOU HEAR ME??? IT’S NOT BLOOD, IT’S KETCHUP!!!!!!”

“DOOO YOUUUU HEAR MEEE MOOOOMMMM?????”

By this time he was on his feet, I was wiping ketchup from his hair, and he was getting more and more agitated. He was CONCERNED that I might think he was covered in blood. And this, my friends, is what a language processing disorder can look like. Stress + overwhelming need to communicate something important = receptive language takes nosedive. I grabbed a pen and tried to scribble my affirmation about the ketchup…but the pen didn’t work. I grabbed another pen. By the time I finished writing my message, he was back to Minecraft, oblivious to me and ketchup.

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7 responses »

  1. Yup. Excellent example.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this and for participating in our hop. x

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    • Thank you for creating and hosting the hop. I love the idea, and now that all the preparation for my son’s IEP is done (the meeting was today), I’m looking forward to checking out the other participating blogs!

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  3. I can definitely see it happening with my older son when he was younger. Getting “stuck” like that while agitated. I’d probably wouldn’t even say anything maybe just “ok, ok” or “shhh” I can see him going back to minecraft when he was done too, lol of course my son would probably be most distressed about being dirty hence the freaking out.. And of course he’s terrified of blood.

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    • It was definitely a mistake to try to answer with words that time, though sometimes if I think he might not hear what I’m saying and don’t answer, then he says, “WHY AREN’T YOU ANSWERING ME!?” He didn’t seem to mind having ketchup on him, except for worrying about what I might think!

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