Most of you know already, but My son is 5 he has Autistic Disorder he is mostly non verbal and has a few words. My sister, brother in law and their 2 kids Vincent is 11 and Emily is 9, live 2 hours away closer my parents. My sister is very busy and even when I do go visit she doesn't visit very much. When I was a kid I was close to my cousins even if I didn't see them all the time. When we get together Aiden kind of does his own thing, once in a while for a minute I can get my nephew to tickle him but that's like a few minutes. How can I get them to play together and like feel closer, and like try harder to get his attention or is that asking too much? Even though my son stays to himself at gatherings he loves attention just as much as they do. He loves being by other kids and I just feel like I can get them to try harder? or is this just how it's gonna be? am I even making sence LOL
My son is close to my niece Jocelyn (DH's Sister's daughter) who is 18 and totally relates and plays with her. They eat snacks together and watch movies, or he watches her play video games etc. I guess I just want that for his other cousins too?
So basically my questions are how can I encourage them to play more? Does anyone relate?