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Old 06-28-2009, 07:34 PM
Location: NC
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Hi, I have an eleven year old nephew who has autism. We recognized the signs when he was about 2 years old and he has been involved with intense therapy since then. His speech is still very much delayed and he has therapists on a daily basis to help with speech, communication, behavior. My question concerns something that happened this past week which is a little puzzling and unnerving to me. He has reportedly done this is the past with other people but I always pushed it out of my mind, not really wanting to think about it. But this week his mother said that the night before Michael Jackson died, he was up most of the night crying out Michael! Michael!, No, Michael!! And from what I understand, he had never said this before and he does not listen to Michael Jackson's music, has never really been exposed to his music or videos, ect. The only thing that I remember is that when he was in my care at around age 2 or 3 we watched a couple of the MJ videos like Heal the World and Bad. His mother says that he kept repeating and calling out Michael's name that night and it worried her so bad because she did not know anyone named Michael, no therapists are named Michael. She called his various therapists that night to know if they were aware of anyone named Michael and they did not. The day when the news came on about Michael Jackson's death, he yelled out Michael again and after this has not said his name again. Has anyone experienced anything similar with autistic children? Thanks for any information. God bless.
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