Joking and pretending 'key to toddler learning'


Parents who joke and pretend with their children are giving them a head start in life, researchers at Stirling University have found.

The study suggested that both activities are important in building social and life skills children need.

It also showed that pretending and joking are two very different things and that children as young as two can tell them apart.

Now that's interesting ...

Autistic children aren't 'supposed' to understand sarcasm, joking, idioms, etc. but Robin does have a reasonable grasp of when 'we are being silly' and we have wondered whether this is because he was exposed to so much from so early on - working with the Scouts and even the Lifesaving Club and other social groups of youngish (20s to 40s and children) he didn't have much option!

Mind you ... he did tell us once ...
"I think you and Daddy love each other because you are both stupid"

To which MArtin said
"It that heriditary?"

and I gave the classic answer
"Yep, you get it from your children"

Poor kid! He does have to have jokes and idioms explained to him, and can be concerned when thinking through a literal interpretation, but he is perfectly comfortable with the idea of people saying things that they do not mean literally ...