New TV Obsession for our Autistic Boys!

I’ve written a few times about the obsessive nature of our two boys – and autistic kids in general. Lego Star Wars is a great example for Daniel ( Well, I think we’ve got a new one. While we have Sky+ HD in our front room, Jane & I often watch TV upstairs thanks to old person treating the living room as personal living space. We’ve bemoaned the fact we get little chance to watch the programmes we record, or don’t see in HD. Well a couple of weeks ago we took the plunge and ordered Sky+ HD to replace our box upstairs. It finally arrived last Wednesday, and by the afternoon we had HD and On Demand TV.

Now, On Demand is something the boys love. There’s plenty of movies they love to see over and over, and that function allows them to indulge without searching for DVDs. One thing we noticed while we were playing with our new box was all the kids TV that was on demand. The boys have taken that, and have run with it. One game Daniel loves on his iPad is Adventure Time, with Finn the Human, and Jake (his (talking) dog.) Imagine their delight when they found it on demand. There’s only six episodes at the moment available, but since yesterday they’ve been watched maybe four or five times a day. I have to admit, they are so zany and ridiculous that they are in fact quite amusing. The dialogue between Finn and Jake is superbly done.

Its a new obsession and for the time being, Matthew has moved on from Garfield (also on demand, but yet to be noticed!) and Tom and Jerry (Well, some of that has been downloaded/recorded!) and its Adventure Time all the way. For the rest of us, we’d soon get bored of the same thing over and over, but for their special brains, its as fresh and interesting seeing it for the 10th time as it is seeing it for the first time. In a way, it can’t all be bad having your brain wired that way. Still, for now they have something new to enjoy, and at least they do move on from their obsessions to brand new ones after a while, so they are trying new things, and that’s fine.

We’ll see how long this one lasts!


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