Lack of emotions - can it be taught?

Kelly - posted on 07/02/2015 ( 5 moms have responded )

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At our behest, our 11yr old son delivers a pragmatic "Thank you for breakfast." to my sister-in-law who responds with "Thank you for your enthusiasm." Is this a teachable moment for son, sister-in-law, both, or a "let it go" moment? What would I teach my son? You need to fake enthusiasm because it hurts other people's feelings?

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Michelle - posted on 07/03/2015

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I don't see anything wrong with it either.
Some people are quite sarcastic to everyone, I even say thing like that to my kids.
If you feel your SIL doesn't understand how your son is and she meant what she said then you need to sit down with her and explain his degree of Autism.
There's no need to teach your son to be false for the sake of other people, he's who he is, why change it?

Michelle - posted on 07/03/2015

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So is your SIL being sarcastic?
I'm not understanding what the problem is and what you want to "teach" your son.

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