Wow, my boy is just full of great surprises!

So the Christmas holidays are officially over, I couldn’t be happier with how well my boys handled all the late nights, long visits with family they don’t know and everything else.

What truly impressed me were the little moments in between.

We gave Cameron (my 5yr old with Autism) a Nintendo DS Lite and gave Tyler (3yr old without Autism) a Leapfrog, both are handheld video game systems… this way they have something to do when they do have long visits with family, or long drives.

What was truly amazing was when Tyler picked up his brother’s Ninentdo DS, which was clearly too complicated for him. At first, I expected Cameron to tell him to stop playing with it, to take it away from him but to my surprise, he instead showed Tyler how to turn it on and play with it!

The next day, I was doing dishes and asked Cameron and his older cousin to find all of the dishes around the house for me. Again, he did as asked and for his reward, he received a kinder egg (chocolate egg with a toy inside). His cousin, jokingly, said “where’s mine?” and without a moment of hesitation, Cameron split the egg in half and gave half of it to his cousin!

Granted, that’s only 2 wonderfully amazing things over the course of close to a full week, but I’ll gladly take 2 over none… and certainly take 2 over meltdowns.

You have to understand, I got some great Christmas presents myself but not much ranks as high as seeing my boy do so very well. By the way, his chocolate sharing didn’t go unrewarded. I made sure to share some of my Christmas chocolate with him as a reward for being such a good kid.

About Stuart Duncan

My name is Stuart Duncan, creator of My oldest son (Cameron) has Autism while my younger son (Tyler) does not. I am a work from home web developer with a background in radio. I do my very best to stay educated and do what ever is necessary to ensure my children have the tools they need to thrive. I share my stories and experiences in an effort to further grow and strengthen the online Autism community and to promote Autism Understanding and Acceptance.

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4 Responses to Wow, my boy is just full of great surprises!

  1. Big Daddy December 29, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Awesome sharing by Cameron.

    I’m a good sharer. Can I get a kinder egg?

  2. Alain December 30, 2010 at 3:12 am #

    Nintendo and Kinder eggs do tend to bring out the best in autistic kids. My boys learned to get along by playing Wii bowling together!

  3. Jen December 30, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    As parents of spectrum kids, I think we learn to appreciate the small moments even more. We had a couple amazing moments this year too. Happy new year!

  4. Elizabeth January 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    I think it’s wonderful that you got two special social surprises. That tells me that as a parent your doing something right. I love your blog because it reminds me why I became an SLP in the first place. It may not always be easy to be a parent of a special needs individual but I promise that it inspires more people than you realize to be better parents themselves. I wish all of my clients had care givers like you.

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