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natesmom
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31 Jan 2010, 7:17 pm

My six year old son keeps beating me at the game memory by a landslide. He also just beat my husband 2 to 1, even more than me. We don't get it. He doesn't even seeming like he is looking half the time. His face lights up each time he gets one right. He felt bad for me so he gave me some answers - he has never don't that before. My husband's IQ is 150+. They are both on the spectrum.

My son started reading, just out of the blue. He didn't want to go to bed one night so he read "The Giving Tree" and a thomas the train book. His memory is just incredible. He only needs to see a word a few times and he has it.

He read words such as finally....
......... that was strange... He just said the word "finally" right after I wrote it. He is in the other room. coincidence I guess.



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31 Jan 2010, 7:24 pm

Not sure what to say about this. Excellent memory seems to be common in autistics.



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31 Jan 2010, 7:27 pm

Those skills were much more pronounced when I was a child than they are now. I guess we degenerate some as we age but it really is phenomenal.



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31 Jan 2010, 7:33 pm

that is so sweet he gave you points! He sounds amazing. I am starting to wonder about this Thomas the train thing...I wonder if aspie kids are drawn to it.

My nephew has a thomas (he calls it 'choo-choo') obsession...we watch videos online all the time and it seems so many kids are obsessed with it, the kids on youtube will act out the stories and the videos all have like half a million views.

My brother is not diagnosed but he is a textbook aspie... he did spontaneous things to shock my mother all the time, just out of the blue. Like when he first walked, she said he never 'tried' to walk or did the whole stumbling and falling down thing like most kids. He walked later than most kids do, but when he did it, he DID it. She said one day he just up and walked across the living room floor. She was stunned, she still seems shocked to this day because it was like he wasn't going to do it til he knew he could do it right, and then he just took off, in her words.



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31 Jan 2010, 7:57 pm

I'm also good at beating people in memory. I enjoy playing exploding snap on the Harry Potter video games. It's like memory but the cards explode when you start to get some wrong.

I was slow to reading and walking though. My mum said I held onto things so I didn't fall. Ahh I was always the cautious one.


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31 Jan 2010, 8:03 pm

Wow, good for him!

He sounds like me when I was a young kid - I was freakishly verbally smart too, and learned to read at age 2.


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31 Jan 2010, 10:40 pm

Meadow wrote:
Those skills were much more pronounced when I was a child than they are now. I guess we degenerate some as we age but it really is phenomenal.
Nah, that's not "degeneration". That's just the typical weird development. You jump way ahead of others, then stay there for a long time while the others catch up; then maybe you jump ahead again, or you start gaining gradually, or you focus on another skill entirely. You just can't judge autistic learning by typical standards.


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31 Jan 2010, 10:48 pm

Callista wrote:
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Those skills were much more pronounced when I was a child than they are now. I guess we degenerate some as we age but it really is phenomenal.
Nah, that's not "degeneration". That's just the typical weird development. You jump way ahead of others, then stay there for a long time while the others catch up; then maybe you jump ahead again, or you start gaining gradually, or you focus on another skill entirely. You just can't judge autistic learning by typical standards.


I know you think you're the expert but I'm talking about incredible memory capabilities and I know what I'm talking about with regard to myself, tyvm. My memory capabilities are still powerful as compared to most people but they aren't what they were when I was a child. Take that with your nah and gnaw on it.



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31 Jan 2010, 11:14 pm

Okay, so you're the exception. Regression isn't unheard of. It's just that usually, it isn't regression but other kids catching up with you.


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31 Jan 2010, 11:27 pm

I'm obviously not talking about kids so don't mix issues. I referred to change in one's capabilities with age and no, I'm not an exception. You are not an expert and you can't speak for others or dictate their experiences to them so why don't you hang it up.



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01 Feb 2010, 2:11 am

alana wrote:
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My brother is not diagnosed but he is a textbook aspie... he did spontaneous things to shock my mother all the time, just out of the blue. Like when he first walked, she said he never 'tried' to walk or did the whole stumbling and falling down thing like most kids. He walked later than most kids do, but when he did it, he DID it. She said one day he just up and walked across the living room floor. She was stunned, she still seems shocked to this day because it was like he wasn't going to do it til he knew he could do it right, and then he just took off, in her words.


Sounds like my son... he has been doing things out of the blue a lot lately. to him it's no big deal. He is ready and then does it. I still cant believe my husband who is an incredible genius undx aspie was unable to beat him. It still is interesting how half the tie he seriously wasn't even looking at the cards when we turned them over but still knew.

Yep, that is my son.

My memory sucks. When I was a child, I literally had a photographic memory or darn close to it. My memory is almost nonexistant now. I had a lot of medical things so I cant help but wonder if I had mini strokes or something. Still seeing a neurologist.

I am not really AS - some symptoms that I have mentioned before but man, my NT symptoms sometimes completely sucks.. The ADHD affects my memory a lot.

It seems like when I started beating my learning disability, my memory started to depleat. I could hardly organize my thoughts into words and couldn't write one sentence until college... had to start from the basics since I knew nothing about writing. Hated school. I had a photographic memory though. I was able to tell you where a specific item was, on what shelve, what was by that item, what isle. The more I became more verbal and increased those skills, the more that visual memory went away. Completely sucks.

I really started crying when I realized that my son didnt have my problems. He has an excellent memory, doesn't seem to be exhibiting any learning disabilities either. That is huge. Thank goodness he takes after his father... couldn't be more thankful.

GRRRR



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02 Feb 2010, 9:25 am

natesmom wrote:
isle.
I think you misspelt aisle.



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02 Feb 2010, 9:42 am

ursaminor wrote:
natesmom wrote:
isle.
I think you misspelt aisle.

Maybe they shop at a chain... island! (both links)

As far as the Memory game goes, natesmom, that is incredible. Congratulations. I think he will go far with that skill. And that he's teaching himself reading is awesome!



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02 Feb 2010, 12:04 pm

My mum told me that when I was younger I could look at a car's wheels and tell her exactly what model of car it was. We're amazing :D



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02 Feb 2010, 6:53 pm

My son memorizes all of the logos of cars. You tell him once what kind of car it is, and he remembers it forever. He is 4.5. He also loves logos of all types-restaurants, products, etc.. I think he has a photographic memory for peoples faces and names. He can tell me the names of people that I am looking at on Facebook that I have told him only once

He also waits until he really knows how to do something to do it. I worked with him for about 1.5 years getting him to try stacking a block. He would not do it. Then one day out of the blue, he stacked up 17 blocks high! Also, I tried to teach him "hide and go seek" for about 1 year. I did not think he would ever get it---then one day, out of the blue, he said "I want to play hide and go seek" He had it down! He continues to blow me away with things. He did not walk until he was 21 mos. old. He cruised around the furniture for almost 8 mos. I guess you could say he is on the cautious side!! !