Friday, September 3, 2010

Obsessions!

A big part of living with a child on the spectrum is dealing with obsessions. Children with Asperger's have been known to obsess over dinosaurs, outer space, Pokemon, foreign languages, TV shows, you name it! My daughter is certainly no exception. Lately she's been obsessing about Spongebob Squarepants. She watched an epiosode or two of it on a playdate, and she's been obsessing about it ever since. She's made paper versions of many of the characters. She likes to carry them around as she goes about her day. She hid Crusty Crab (I'm not sure the name is accurate because I know next to nothing about Spongebob and his friends) from me because she was afraid this piece of paper would be afraid I'd eat him since I love to eat crabs so much!

Speaking of which, since her Spongebob obsession started, she stopped wanting to eat fish of any kind. I tried to tell her that Spongebob and his friends all eat various kinds of fish, because what else are they going to eat in the ocean? She understood that logic, but still doesn't want to eat fish of any kind. I hate to think what she's going to do if she gets watches the Chicken Little movie.

Today she took a break from the Spongebob obsession to indulge an old favorite of hers--Curious George. It all started when I had her pick an outfit to wear today. I usually pick it out for her, but I thought she'd like to choose. She usually picks really cute things. Not today, though! She picked out an old Curious George shirt that I thought I had given away. So today was all about Curious George! She read all her Curious George books. She played Curious George games at the PBS Web Site. I gave her a chance to watch a movie at home. Instead of picking a great movie like The Wizard of Oz or Wall-E or even Cars, she wanted to watch two episodes of, you guessed it, Curious George! Actually, she watched the same episode twice.

After she was done watching the same episode twice, she pretended to be an orangutan that was in that episode for the next two hours. After listening to her make orangutan sounds for two hours, I was actually beginning to miss Spongebob. A lot.

19 comments:

  1. funny.

    upon diagnosing my son they kept asking if he had unusual obsessions...well, obsessing about star wars and spongebob are not unusual for that age group. so they didn't count that as an unusal obsession. I guess a lot of kids that age like that so in some ways its good since it can help them connect with their peers.

    my son also obsessed about spongebob in the past but you have to be careful with that one since there are so many bad words in that show. he would repeat all the bad words over and over again in K. Anyway, tell her that even spongebob eats crabby patties...lol.

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  2. That last line cracked me up. Besides, it sounds like she's getting more flexible. Or just trying to drive you crazy.

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  3. Every typical kid that we know that is Audrey's age seems to be obsessed with Spongebob, so it's not just an ASD thing. I find the show extremely grating and luckily Audrey is not into it.

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  4. After almost 13 years and hundreds of obsessions, I can relate. I was going to say it could be worse, but I kinda agree with Lynn that Spongebob is a little grating. However, I do an amazing Patrick imitation.

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  5. LOL It would take a lot to make me miss Spongebob!

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  6. Oh, That SpongeBob laugh. UUGGG.
    But yeah I pass of Salmon patties as crabby patties all the time.

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  7. I was going to say the same thing that it could just be part of her age, my 6 year old is like that and he isn't an Aspie he just really loves what he loves

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  8. We are big Curious George fans too! Lately, my son has been obsessed with Phineas and Ferb and wants to watch the episode "Summer Belongs to You" over and over again. Oh boy!

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  9. X likes Spongebob. It's one of the few words he says! Sawyer gets obsessed with stuff too. First it was Bakugan. Then it was Pokemon. Now it's bui blades. Ugh.

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  10. No diagnoses with any of my kids, but they all had their obsessions. Especially my youngest. Hers were movies. Wizard of Oz three times a day. Then Cats, the musical. Then Funny Girl. Lots of musicals.

    She's twelve now and doesn't do it as much. Sometimes she'll watch the same thing again. I remember when my kids were little reading that they like the same books and movies over and over again because the predictability is comforting. They know how it will all play out.

    And I'd much rather have Curious George than Spongebob. My kids and husband all like it and it makes me insane. Okay it doesn't make me insane, but it sure adds to my insanity. I can't imagine ever missing Spongebob. Not even when he uses his big, sad eyes.

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  11. Its "Mr Crabs" missy...the crusty crab is his hamburger joint were SpongeBob works making crabby pattys with Squidward. Tell you little dear that SpongeBod is a sea sponge and as long as she doesn't eat the sponge you wash the table with she should be fine. :) All my kids are SpongeBob fans in a big way and I know way to much about them!!

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  12. One point I want to make. Kids that are "typical" may very well obsess about the same things at the same age. However, kids on the spectrum REALLY obsess in a way that's very different! Kim, I'm amazed the folks that assessed your son just wrote off his obsessions as typical because of what he obsessed about. Did they ask HOW he obsessed? For example, I knew a child who would obsess about Star Wars. He would just walk around, pretending to be a storm trooper and "shoot" at other kids. He did this for months. He never played this game interactively with other kids. He just did his own thing. I don't have a PHd in psychology, but I wouldn't consider this obsession to be "typical."

    So, my point really is not so much on WHAT is obsessed about buy HOW the obsession interferes with peer interaction and even creative play. In my daughter's case, she used to not only obsess about something, but totally script what was on the show (or in the book). Now, she is better about creating her own scenarios and trying to include others in her play!

    I just had to add this!

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  13. Oh, one more thing I had to add...I tried to talk with my daughter about her not eating fish and crabs because of Spongebob. I asked her what they would eat since they lived in the ocean. Didn't they HAVE to eat fish? She answered, "Gee, I hadn't thought of that before. I guess so. I just thought they ate plankton!" LOL! Her behaviorist and the supervisor were there, and the supervisor said, "Well, I guess she doesn't know that have a plankton character!" LOL

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  14. So funny. I love that she thought you were going to eat her paper crab! Good luck with the orangutan!

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  15. Liam is further on the autism scale, and is just learning to talk, but he's obsessing over certain songs, phrases and characters too... it's keeping us up on what to do for things like his birthday and halloween though - latest obsessions are Elmo, Big Bird and Thomas the Tank engine...

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  17. I am not well versed in Sponge Bob land either. But I am quite fluent with: Phineas & Ferb, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, and all things Disney! hahaha.

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  18. Aspie teen has never really given up any of his obsessions over the years as he's grown, he's just added to them!
    At the moment he's motivated to get out of bed early this morning to do his schoolwork as the latest Transformers movie is on tv at midday, one of his many obsessions lol.
    Gotta get them to work for you somehow! lol

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  19. Hi-I came by via the blogs directory..:) Oh..spongebob is big around here..but I'm o.k. with that because ANYTHING is better than the Thomas the tank engine obsession that we spent 8 years on..yes it was tank engine purgatory..unfortunately I still know all the words to all the songs...and can probably quote whole episodes verbatim.
    Funny-one of my boys made a paper spongebob, a patrick and a pineapple that he carries around as well..:)

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