Friday, October 24, 2014

6 Ways My Son Is Like Sheldon From The Big Bang Theory

I've seen a lot of Autism Parents do a post like this so I have no idea who to credit. But I just wanted to mention that I did NOT come up with this on my own. Thank you to all the people who wrote a post similar to this because it gave me inspiration! (If interested, I also wrote about what living with someone with autism taught me here.)

My son Tommy has Aspergers. He is a lot like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. Here are the ways he's like Sheldon, illustrated in GIFs. (I love GIFs.)


1. I've had to remind him from the time he was tiny that it's polite to ask people how they are doing. Otherwise he'd either just stand there and stare, or leap into a subject he's interested in. For instance, if he met you, he'd either stare or launch into how cool he thinks cumulus clouds are. But then he'd remember, oh right, social skills, even though social skills irk him.




2. He takes things literally. So if you say, "Give me a minute," he expects that it'll take no more than 60 seconds. Otherwise he's all, "This is more than a minute." If I say, "I'm having a ball!" he'll say, "I don't see a ball anywhere."



3. He prefers to be online rather than have to interact with people. Online he doesn't have to worry about social skills and if he's making proper eye contact or if he's freaking someone out by rambling on about tornados and how many people a tornado killed when it hit Oklahoma. He plays Mario Kart 8 online, and various other video games. He's looking forward to having a Facebook account when he turns 13. But yes, I will be monitoring it. 



4. He's obsessed with building online followers. Right now he only has a limited Wii U account. He's not 13 yet, so he can't do much, but people can follow him and check out his postings and drawings. He's always thrilled when he gets another follower and asks me constantly how he can get more. He wants people to like him and he knows that's more likely to happen online because he's socially awkward in real life.



5. He's blunt. If he's not interested, he'll either tell you or look extremely bored. Or he'll cut in and start talking about a subject he enjoys. He's gotten better about this, but sometimes I still have to remind him to listen to others and not say, "I just don't care about that." 



6. He doesn't like change. He's better at handling it now, but when he was little, the slightest change in his classroom would throw him off. His teachers would tell me it was like he'd scan the room the second he entered, and if something were different, he'd obsess about it. If I get something new for the house, he notices right away. If I make dinner but use different ingredients, he knows and he's not pleased.



And yes, Tommy likes Sheldon. Sheldon cracks him up.

And like Sheldon, Tommy is awesome.



27 comments:

  1. I like Sheldon. My son loves that show to no end. And I think your son Tommy is pretty awesome too!

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  2. My ex husband is so much like Sheldon.Its crazy the similarities.

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  3. I'm glad is like Sheldon - he's a bright guy!

    I was thinking about "Brick Heck" for some reason... now there is someone I wouldn't want to "be like"!

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  4. This is a great post! Your son sounds like a great kid, and Sheldon is pretty awesome.

    I know a bunch of autism parents and it's always eye opening when you get a glimpse into what it's like from your perspective.

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  5. Awesome post! My parents watch this show all the time and are always like, "That's Drew!" I can see it too.

    One time I tried to change where the trash was in the kitchen and he kept moving it back. He was only about 4 at the time.

    I do hope changes get better as he gets older. It is hard for them a lot of time.

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  6. Awesome post! My parents watch this show all the time and are always like, "That's Drew!" I can see it too.

    One time I tried to change where the trash was in the kitchen and he kept moving it back. He was only about 4 at the time.

    I do hope changes get better as he gets older. It is hard for them a lot of time.

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  7. I would have to train myself with him, not to say, "Just a minute!" I say that to my kids constantly and of course, it usually means 20 minutes.
    I remember one of the first kids I met with Autism when I was already an adult. I was delivering pizza and this kid was about eight or so and he was talking very specifically about toys, which I was down with, and I told him very specifically about the ones I had.

    To make a long story short, what to me was just an enjoyable conversation was very meaningful to his mother. She ran after me to my car and put some more bills in my hand and said two things:

    1. "You're the only pizza deliverer who actually put the blue cheese in with the cold soda. I HATE when they put it with the pizza." (umm...logic)

    2. "You're one of the only people who speaks so well to my son. Thank you."

    Warmed the heart for life.

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  8. I've got a husband AND a son like Sheldon :) It makes for an interesting household!

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  9. I saw a meme the other day that was a picture of Sheldon. It read "Autism: Stop laughing at it." That is kind of true! But in a way, maybe the show humanizes it a little. The show's writers don't want to say that he's on the spectrum but the actor who plays Sheldon has said he thinks the character definitely is. Maybe the writers were inspired by someone they knew who is autistic or has Asperger's? Your son sounds charming! Sheldon is lovable for all of those reasons you listed, I think. I had a friend once who would be talking to you on the phone and say, "I'm through talking to you now." You have to kind of admire that kind of bluntness!

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  10. I've never even see Big bang theory, but I KNEW that this would be a great post! I love it!!! And I love how your blog brings awareness to autism, and also "normalizes" it. I think Tommy is pretty awesome too, and I've never even met him...thanks to his awesome mom!

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  11. I think that Sheldon is funny and very real - I think that Tommy is 100% authentic because he doesn't know how to be any different - we could all learn a lot from being that way:)

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  12. I love no#3 and #4. He fits right in with most of us bloggers on those! Very cool! :)

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  13. I have a Sheldon at my house. Like your's he loves to play online games too. Has a hard time showing love to his sisters, and is very blunt. I love your post.

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  14. This is great. Tommy rocks, just like Sheldon!

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  15. Big Bang is our favorite show. Sheldon shows his softer side every once in a while. That's so cute that Tommy wants more followers.

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  16. Sheldon is the BOMB. My husband is a lot like Sheldon, strangely enough. I would be totally ok with having a little Sheldon for a son. Love your posts - they always make me laugh on Saturday mornings.

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  17. Visiting from SITS! I love GIFs, too. Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy? I bet your son can relate to one of the characters, who is totally literal. I'd also point you towards Adrienne at The Mommy Mess who's teen is on the spectrum. I love her writing.

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  18. I love this! My older brother has Aspergers too, and my mom and I are always saying he's like Sheldon! Fortunately he loves the show too so doesn't really mind ;)

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  19. Sheldon is the best, and so therefore must be your son. :)

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  20. I think Sheldon has a lot of traits that people could have in common with him whether or not they are on the spectrum. After the Friendship Algorithm episode, I was making dinner one night and my younger son, who was 4 at the time, was asking what I was making and then said "I don't like that. What else are we having?" We kept going in circles about that. He also has some other mannerisms of Sheldon's that I notice from time to time. Like being literal about time, for instance. My older son is blunt. Anyway, this was a fun post to read.

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  21. I'm with Tommy... socializing online is way better than socializing in person! hahahaha

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  22. I have never seen the show, but I have used Sheldon as a reference when describing his behavior as someone with high functioning Autism.

    The literalism is so funny it cracks me up sometimes. We have told him he needs to stay in bed until 6 a.m. He will have a break down if he sleeps until 6:01 a.m.

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  23. My oldest, Colin, isn't autistic (though we suspected he might be and he actually went through a bunch of testing last year to rule it out). But people are FOREVER telling me how much he reminds me of Sheldon. I've never seen the show, so I'm never sure whether or not to take it as a compliment! Ha!

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  24. I think you're right to be restricting the Internet at his age, but it's also great that he can start to find a community online. Nice post.

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  25. I have seen this type of comparison made on other blogs before and I like them each time. I like that Tommy is a keen observer, I'm super oblivious and hardly notice shit and it gets me in trouble from time to time. I need a Tommy!

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  26. It's funny - I read some of those things and thought that's just like me!!! I definitely tend to go towards being online because I figure it's more likely people will like me. Tommy sounds like fun to me!

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  27. Lol. He also reminds me of Castiel from Supernatural! The bluntness and "I don't see a ball anywhere." Love it.

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