Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pondering about Personality

It's that time of the week again! Time for Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday where we have to address a different letter of the alphabet each week. This week's letter is "P." I can't believe we're already at the letter "P." Where does the time go?

My daughter, who just turned 7 this past Monday, has been known to ask some pretty amazing questions. This is actually beyond cool because she was diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism over 2 years ago. Part of her issues was her inability to initiate questions. Now, she initiates them and has some very awesome questions. In the recent past she's asked why the ocean is salty and whether carnivores or herbivores eat dairy.

This past weekend, she started asking some questions that I found really fascinating. First, she asked how people perceive the taste of food. I started to explain how taste buds on the tongue work, but she stopped me and told me that she understood the mechanics of it. She just didn't understand how people decide whether they like or hate a particular food. This led into a broader discussion of why people develop what they like or don't like in the world, be it certain clothes they wear, food they eat, or anything else.

Essentially, how does a person develop their personality? My husband and I explained to her that she's asking questions that no one knows the answers to, but scientists are probably working away doing research on this topic. We added that maybe someday she'll be a scientist who'll research this and come up with the answers!

I'm blown away by her curiosity and the questions she's asking. It's so hard for me to believe that we couldn't get any type of questions out of her in the not so distant past!

Keep those amazing questions coming, honey! And don't you ever stifle your quest for knowledge!

21 comments:

  1. Those are such interesting questions - she's clearly conquered that issue!

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  2. Trying to work out why I've only just discovered your amazing blog. I have an eleven year old daughter who was diagnosed with autism nearly 8 years ago. She is high functioning. When first diagnosed, her consultant (who retired shortly after) informed me that Amy would "never" be able to make choices and would "never" have an imagination. I suspect little research had been done into the findings of the autistic brain back then. But now, she has a wonderful imagination and, even though struggles to makes choices, can sometimes manage it. She asks questions like these, too. And I often wonder where she got the idea for the question from!!!

    Great to make contact with you.
    CJ

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  3. You are gonna have it rough!

    The most intense question yet for me was why my son's privates shrink in the cold. Easy; I made up something about body heat.

    But your questions are super in depth. I honestly wouldn't know how to answer. A kid I taught once asked me to explain anti-matter. What???

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  4. Wow, there is some interesting things going on in her head. You have such interesting times ahead, enjoy :D Oh, and if you get fed up of the questions just put them up here and we can all join in and enjoy it too :D Jen

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  5. She's amazing! Such mature, insightful questions.

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  6. Oh, man am I glad neither of my kids ask me things like this. I can just picture it:

    Child: "Mama, how do people decide if they like or don't like what they eat?"

    Me: "Uuhhhhhhh...... duhhhhhhh....... ask your father!" *runs away*

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  7. What a smarty! I wish I could figure out the food thing! I ahve picky eaters, so if she finds out how to get my kiddos to eat veggies, let me know!!

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  8. I'm amazed at the questions that come from the mouths of little children. I think they are so smart these days! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. So wonderful to follow along here and hear about your daughter's progress. Lovely questions she is asking.

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  10. Yeah, those questions are way too hard. I can barely tell her where her shoes are.

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  11. She has incredibly sophisticated questions. I love her curiosity!

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  12. She is very inquisitive! I love that she is so specific too.

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  13. She will love that you are so excited by her high level thinking and questioning. Parents have such an impact on their kids-isn't she lucky to have you.

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  14. I am amazed by her questions. She ponders great thoughts.

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  15. She is lucky to have a mom who continues to stimulate her intellect, instead of answering her questions with "Because."

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  16. Those questions are really interesting. I'm glad she is able to express herself so well now. The world will be better for her curiosity.

    =)

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  17. How wonderful that she is able to show her intelligence and express herself so well. My little grandson who is autistic asks questions like that and it is thrilling, isn't it?

    Good going mom for encouraging her!

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  18. Those are some really thought provoking questions! Wow! What a blessing to see her express her questions so well, when like you mentioned it was not that long ago that she would ask any questions.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    I am unexpectedly off from work! yay!!! getting to do some blog visiting, catching up and completing some art orders!

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  19. Like your blog! Thanks for posting it.

    Lorelei

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  20. I like your patience with these provoking questions. It is really interesting to see where childrens minds come from.

    I think some kids are the questioning type...although the why, why, why's can make you crazy sometimes, inquisitiveness is what keeps you young I think!

    Thanks for a perfect P link for Alphabe-Thursday this week.

    A+

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