Sit back, close your eyes and bring to mind a mental image of my two younger children. Her Cuteness is age 2 and neurotypical (NT). HRH is age 3 and autistic. Her Cuteness decided that the pair of them should play a game of 'hide and seek'.
It went something like this:
Miss NT - "play, play, hide and seek. My turn, my turn, HRH hide, run away HRH"
HRH can now put one foot in front of the other is something resembling a very stiff and painful shuffle. He takes a step......
Miss NT - "3, 5, 17......I'm coming now!!"
She catches HRH after he has managed two steps. There are many screams of delight and happiness. Miss NT takes HRH by the hand and leads him the whole two steps back down the hall. She deposits him at the end of the stairs.
Miss NT - "count HRH, count...........I hide"
Miss NT turns to run up the hall.
HRH - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
But as he counts he shuffles after her, catching her about two steps up the hall. HRH squeals in delight at having caught her and Miss NT screams with frustration because she didn't get to run away and hide.
Repeat the above 4 times.
Miss NT gets the concept of the game, but cannot count. HRH can count, but has no idea what 'hide and seek' is. To be fair they gave it their best shot, but I am still laughing, two days later. I know the next time they play I should take the opportunity to teach HRH the general idea of the game............. I will, if I can keep a straight face!