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24 October 2010


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I hope Charlie's thymos is settled today too. It can be very unsettling to be out of sorts.


Oh, I thought thymos only referred to anger, I learn more about Greek here on your blog than I do here!

I recorded on the Look2learn app, which has a few emotions using photos of a boys face, "eimai thymomenos", quite possibly grammatically incorrect and with a bad accent...

Dimitri runs through the emotions pictures and looks at me curiously. I try to act them out, not sure how helpful that's proving to be. What I noticed is there are few pictures to indicate feeling good, something to contrast with feeling bad so that Dimitri can put it into context. If I say to Dimitri "are you hurt?" "you fell" "you bumped your head" etc, he will cry, whether the injury was now, in the past or imaginary.

May be it's the time of year or something, Dimitri has been a bit obstreperous for a couple of days(nothing serious).

Charlie did great in the restaurant and I like your approach to it!

Hope you are both feeling better.


Mars finds emotion pictures meaningless. I find them contrived and silly. Music is the language of Mars' soul. Is music the language of Charlie's soul too?

Emily Willingham

Has Charlie ever been with you when you've bought medicine for him at the store, something that made him feel better? I wonder if, say, his throat or head hurts, if a dose of Tylenol or Motrin would make him feel less out of control. When our children start acting out of sorts and not articulating anything, I always think of some impending illness. I know this sounds basic, but I just thought I'd ask.

Kristina Chew

@Sarah, I rather think music is like that for Charlie---he responds so viscerally to it, and it's the melody and tone and rhythms that he uses which indicates his mood. Hoping to get back to something more allegro et legato!

We tend to be real wary of giving Charlie more meds, even over the counter ones. But no, Charlie has not been with us when we've gotten motrin or some such. He is used to taking medicine, that's for sure, and I get the sense he associates it with (hopefully a positive) change in his inner state.


Emotions flash cards were always a but of a waste for Charlie.

@Emma, we tried acting out the emotions too. I have a feeling we only confused Charlie even more!

Ha, that is very funny what you said about Greek. Couple of years ago i had a student taking ancient Greek who is Greek (born here, but Greek is his first language). He told me that the ancient Greek sounded to him like what was used in church which makes sense.......a long long time ago , Charlie's first ever speech therapist in St Paul tried to teach him 'i'm mad,' perhaps a bit easier, or shorter, to say than 'eimai thymomenos.'.

Am going to look more at Look2learn, have gotten woefully behind working on all the aac iPad stuff for Charlie.

He has the same responses to hearing 'hurt" etc. as Dimitri. The very words bring distress and somehow Charlie has, I guess, added 'sore throat' to the list.

So far---not bedtime yet---things have been better. So far!


Hmm. Does Charlie "get" cartoons? When Jake was tiny - 2 years old - he learned how to say "I'm mad!" from watching Disney cartoons.

Donald Duck was his favorite! Donald gets so mad! He turns red and hops around and splutters and steam comes out his ears. Jake had a little videogame where Donald would be trying to catch unruly letters as they ran around his house. Donald would begin his furious dance of rage, and Jake would say, "Donald mad!"

Pretty soon, Jake was able to say, "Jake mad!" or "I'm mad", rather than throwing something or knocking something over.

Kristina Chew

I think Charlie just has difficulty processing cartoons from a visual/sensory issue---they appear as colors and shapes in motion, and a blur. He has never really taken to watching them. He does seem more attuned to the sounds and, especially, the music.


Heat helps me sometimes in those situations. But as far as the "how you feel" statements go, I can't always tell either, and I'm rather high-functioning. Sometimes I just get all twitchy and can't sit still and go into arm/finger flappy mode (I don't flap my hands; it hurts) . . . and then maybe an hour or three later, it'll finally hit me that I have a stomachache or worse, I'm cramping or something just hurts in general . . .

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