“I’m dressed for a resume”

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When my son was about 2 (I think, it's all a blur now) I remember before he was diagnosed on the spectrum, he was almost completely non-verbal but was also what we would later learn is "hyperlexic". This just meant he could read and write far above other kids his age. On one occasion as he was running past I said hello to him. Instead of saying "hi", he stopped, picked up a marker, and actually wrote "HI!" on the drawing board that happened to be right there.

Of course communication was one of the things he struggled with over the years and still continues to struggle with. After years of persistent ABA he has become almost "indistinguishable" meaning most people never guess that he's on the Spectrum unless they work with other kids with autism. He doesn't say much but at 16 is more than capable of holding an intelligent conversation.

But every one in a while he tosses out a real oddball.

There was this job he was interested in. I actually thought he would do really well at it. We helped him with his resume and job application. One day I came home and he was standing there dressed up (I noticed that his pants are suddenly 3" too short). He even had his hair tied back in a ponytail. I asked him what was going on.

"I'm dressed for a resume" he said.

Um. What ... what?

"I'm dressed for a resume!" he said again, more emphatically this time. As though I hadn't actually heard him the first time.

"You ... got an interview?"

"No, I'm taking my resume to go apply for the job. You know, the one we talked about. I'm dressed for a resume."

Which, of course, made perfect logical sense despite the fact that I couldn't understand what he was trying to tell me. It fit perfectly within his language code paradigm. I took a mental note to remind him that he needs to send out many resumes if he's serious about finding a job, and to have the conversation about the difference between rational and logical.

What's ironic is that the rational / logical conversation (summed up in this sentence in fact) will make more sense to his logical mind, but probably less sense to the majority of rational readers.

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