Wednesday, March 2, 2011
My Son Hates Elmo
Later, I assumed the lack of interest in Sesame was due to its shocking lack of light sabers.
However, it turns out that Little Dude hates Elmo. More specifically, Elmo's laugh. Apparently it's like nails on chalkboard to him.
More sympathetic, I could not be.
I definitely have a lot of the same auditory processing problems that Little Dude has. I have vivid memories of feeling like certain sounds were screaming at me.
Seeing Little Dude's reaction to the Elmo Saves Christmas video reminded me of that. And it reminded me of seeing a very small Little Dude turn his back on Sesame Street.
Little Dude is not one of the kids who suddenly became autistic -- who was typically developing and then lost social and verbal skills. Little Dude has always been this way. It's just that when he was 12 months old, he couldn't tell me that Elmo's laugh was the most irritating thing ever.
Now he's almost five. He can tell me that Elmo's laugh is "horrible" and hurts his ears.
I thought he was just disinterested. That he was just not that into television. He was so busy stacking blocks and lining things up -- we thought maybe it was just a "boy" thing.
Worst part? If you had asked me, I would have said he liked Elmo just fine. I kept putting it on, because it seemed like what I was supposed to do.
What the hell? Why on earth would I try to get a kid to watch television? Sure, it's PBS. Sesame Street is awesome.
But still: it seems like if your kid isn't interested in Elmo, that should be okay.