Conversations with an Aspie teen

When your Asperger's son is deep in adolescence, it's sometimes hard to tell whether their behaviour and conversation is more autistic or teenager. Two examples below from (extremely intelligent) Son1:

Son1: Are you saying I'm fat?

Me: No, it's just that I need to put my office chair down and I don't have the weight to push it.

Son1: So you ARE saying I'm fat.

Me: No, but you're five inches taller than me and therefore heavier.

Son1: I know you think you're 5' 3" but you're not. You're 5' 1". Which means I'm seven inches taller than you.

Me: Deep sigh.

Later...

Son1: What's this suitcase doing at the bottom of the stairs?

Me: It's your suitcase that I've been asking you to take upstairs for the last three days.

Son1: No you haven't.

Me: Yes I have, ever since you got back.

Son1: No you asked me to take my CASE upstairs and this is a suitcase, so I didn't know what you were talking about.

Me: Slaps own forehead.

Tania Tirraoro
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Tania Tirraoro

Founder, CEO at Special Needs Jungle
Founder of Special Needs Jungle. Parent of two sons with Asperger Syndrome.
Journalist & author of two novels and a guide to SEN statementing. PR & social media expert. Rare Disease & chronic pain patient advocate.
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  1. How about his one;

    Me (to aspie teen) – can you put your little sister’s coat on

    son: no

    me : why

    son: because it’s too small

    Me: doh! Can you put your little sister’s coat on her

    Son: no

    Me: why

    Son: because I’m in the middle of Skyrim

    at which point I count to ten……

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