Pervasive Parenting by Kodey Toney
The concept of time is lost on Konner. Not necessarily the idea of what time it is, or how we track time, but more of the colloquial use of the terms. This is because he, like many people on the spectrum are so literal that everything is black or white. There is no gray area.
This morning I made breakfast. As I pulled the bacon off of the griddle I sat it in a plate on the counter to cool off.
Konner asked, “Can I have some bacon?”
I replied, “in just a second. It’s really hot and needs to cool.”
I walked in the other room to do something else and came back.
Konner said to me, “I already ate some bacon.”
When I asked why he said that I had told him he could eat it in a second, and it had been more than a second.
This is pretty typical with him. If you say we are going somewhere in a minute he will be ready in 60 seconds. He is very impatient too.
When we put on the C.L.E.E.T. trainings for law enforcement we remind them of this. If they are going to tell someone on the spectrum to wait a minute don’t be surprised if they start to talk or walk in about 60 seconds.
And they’re not being sarcastic. They just take everything at face value.
I’ve talked in the past about how figures of speech are hard for them. This is why speech therapists work with them on understanding idioms. The same is true for time concepts.