This afternoon all hell broke loose in the house after the washing machine decided to do a final waltz across the laundry floor, crash into the wall, loose it's cover and spew litres of water over the floor. I run downstairs with dogs barking and they are all in hot pursuit - am I the only house in Australia who has dogs that bark at the washing machine? Anyway the beast is dead, laundry is flooded and dogs are splashing and slip sliding through the water. I ask my oldest boy to keep the dogs amused for me whilst I clean up the mess.
Now backtracking I must tell you my oldest boy is a sweetheart. He also has high functioning autism and is a genius at maths, english, languages and computers. He loves computers more than he loves me! He is also quite fearful of dogs and does not want them on his lap, too close too him and god help us all if one should lick him (he has a shower). He always interprets information in such a different way to his brother. Now if I asked his brother to keep the dogs amused that would mean tug-o-war, a walk, a play with a ball or even just a cuddle. He might even toss (not literally) them outside to keep themselves amused.
But my special boy kept the three dogs amused by setting his laptop up on the floor, going to youtube and playing a video called Meow Remix - cats meowing out a song. All three dogs were sitting at attention, heads cocked to one side totally absorbed by the picture of the cat in the video. Son was looking very pleased with himself - he told me he was a genius (as you can see he is modest too!)
Now I must tell you I am flabbergastered. I have spent hours/days/months/years training my dogs to do as told. To sit, to stay, to pay attention, to not move, to be well behaved. I have yelled at them, I have screamed at them, I have jumped up and down like we are going to a party at them, I have used strong assertive - you name it I have do it. But what does it really take for good behaviour ..... one autistic boy, one computer = 3 content and amused dogs!!
Looks like I still have a lot to learn!!