Sometimes Homeschooling can be funny. Today GP looks at me and says, "I need music." I thought, "Well that's new..." and I told him he could get his Ipod and dock it while he worked. Up he goes, down he comes, Ipod in hand. He pops it in the docking station and declares, "Classical music is good to relieve stress!" OMG! That was too funny. So he puts the Ipod in and the cello is BLASTING, think Madonna, Marky Mark, Bruce Springsteen loud. And I'm thinking, "This is relaxing?" But I say nothing about the Concierto going on at Homeschool... as he continues to work. Then, when he is done with his task, he declares, "I need a break now!", (as if he was sweating it out or somethig, LOL!). I say, "OK" and he just gets up, pulls his Ipod from the docking station and leaves (Obviously I don't need "relaxing music", LOL!)... As my ears ring to the sounds of Yo-Yo Ma's cello I think, "That was NOT relaxing!" LOL!
GP uses "scripted" language to communicate/ make conversation. Scripted language is when you memorize complete sentences and then apply them to your everyday conversations.
For example, if he comes downstairs and there is someone there he will
say to that person, "OH! (this is his approach word- this is where he will halt, extend his hand to shake in greeting) Hello, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Gene Paul. What's your name?" This is scripted language that allows him to step forward and interact in a safe, non threatening way with others. He will not be anxious about the other person if he faces his fear right off the bat, so he has a script for "meeting new people" that he applies when confronted with a "social situation" that might cause him anxiety. He has many other sentences for many other situations, this is just the first one that comes to mind.
When he says "classical music is good to relieve stress" he is not referring to HIS stress, he is telling me what he has read, which is why I think it's so funny. Stress? I would explain stress but that would be too complicated so I just smile and count my blessing! Scripted Language beats Silence, any day!B=)