I think you'll appreciate why I'm so happy
OK, this is really no big deal, not for an NT almost-13 year old boy, but it is for my ds, Billy. He has HFAD, along with other diagnoses, and poor social skills. Though he really likes to be around people, he has difficulty carrying on a conversation, processing what the next step is, the give and take, etc.
Anyway, we were at a soccer game today watching his friend (a girl, but she's NOT my girlfriend, mom!) play. Billy was sitting on the bleachers, My ex-brother-in-law's brother (long story) Ron was in front of Billy and Dustin (his friend's brother) was behind him. I heard Dustin say "Uncle Ron, .....", but Ron didn't hear him. So Billy taps Ron on the shoulder and tells him that Dustin wants to talk to him.
No big deal, right? But it is. Because Billy understood the mechanics of what happened (Dustin wanted to talk to Ron, but Ron didn't hear him) and then he took it upon himself to take the initiative to get involved and "solve the problem". A year ago, no, he would have observed the situation and not had a clue or an inclination that he could interject himself into someone else's interaction and solve a problem.
I'm just so frickin' happy. Our kids are capable of more than we could ever imagine. Does Billy still have poor social skills? Yes! But he did something today I never would have expected a year ago!