I've wondered a lot lately about imagination. What is it, and why do so many people seem to think autistic people are all deficient in it? T-- seems just fine in this department. After dumping water on the floor, he pointed at the spill and said: "It's the sun!" then after we threw a towel over it, he promptly sat on it and said: "T---'s having a picnic on the grass!" I think imagination is just scrambled up memories. I think the Eides said that all of our thoughts are just memories. I think they're right.
I have 4 year old twins, both boys. They turned 4 in February 2011. When they were 23 months, one was diagnosed with pdd-nos, an autism spectrum disorder. I'm still not sure if I "believe in" the spectrum. I am posting anonymously in order to protect my son's privacy.