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Snap, Crackle and Pop

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LellowYedbetter Sat 23-Mar-19 09:45:50

Inspired by another thread.

Remember the old Rice Crispie adverts which featured Snap, Crackle and Pop jumping out of the box?

Say you had a child around the age of 5. You buy them a box of rice crispies ... they’ve seen the advert. Would you have been surprised if your child actually expected 3 cartoon characters to jump out of the box and were disappointed when they didn’t?

I remember this incident very clearly. I was so confused. And now I’m confused as to why my obvious special needs was not picked up quicker!!

Or is it normal for a child of that age to expect such things?

OwlinaTree Sat 23-Mar-19 09:58:23

My son had a Smarties Easter egg when he was 3. He opened it and Smarties came out. Then someone gave him a buttons egg with a picture of an owl in it. He was convinced an owl was going to come out. Although I told him not, he was very disappointed when he opened it!

I don't think he's got SEN relating to SEMH. I think he just extrapolated from his experience, which is what you did with the cereal.

HarryTheSteppenwolf Sat 23-Mar-19 10:00:33

There might be trouble if an exuberant tiger leapt out of every pack of Frosties.

Did you expect each tin of Lyle's golden syrup to contain a dead lion?

TSSDNCOP Sat 23-Mar-19 10:05:06

You're spot on OP. I've never been able to eat a Flake unless I was wandering dreamily through a meadow, softly dappled with late evening sunlight.

Which is a ball ache when you really fancy one at Charing Cross.

Bakingberry Sat 23-Mar-19 10:30:56

I can only eat a flake in an overflowing bath. It's a nightmare to clean up afterwardswink

steff13 Sat 23-Mar-19 10:33:50

I don't think that would be an unreasonable expectation for a child of 5. I certainly wouldn't have taken it as an indication the child has possible special needs.

NaughtToThreeSadOnions Sat 23-Mar-19 10:46:17

Typical NT adult responses on this thread. The OP was a child and one with SN, presumably autism. If you cant understand that and work out she took the advert literally dont reply with rather mocking hahahaha yeah we can't eat a flake blah.

I think some NT would posiably by five understand that cartoon characters aren't real. But i'm not sure younger children would. And children devolop at different paces.

As for the wondering why your SN weren't picked up on. I totally get that. Mum was getting phone calls from the day i started preschool in 1983 about my behaviour, not responding to my name, biting myself, not liking other children touching me, not making eye contact, not controlling my arm movements, not tolietimg properly. All through primary school i was the naughty thick kid because of these and other very clear markers of autism. Guess how old i was when i got diagnosed. 32!! I often say to my mum i used to do this didnt i? And she's like yes, and yes i know its autism related.

Basically special needs werent pulicked up or taken very seriously until thd 90's

LellowYedbetter Sat 23-Mar-19 11:08:26

Thank you Naught, luckily I have a very thick skin 😁 I was quite naughty at school, was obsessed with making a mess. Would purposely spill stuff and was quite mean to another girl because she was quiet and I thought I could bully her into being my friend, as I had none. My mum was called up to the school one day as I was found standing on the toilet trying to wee like that as I didn’t want to sit on the seat. At my aunties house I put baked beans on the toilet seat - I was just fascinated with toilets and making a mess! None of it was ever picked up on.

LellowYedbetter Sat 23-Mar-19 11:10:29

I was also incredibly clumsy. Once whacked another child in the face with a packed lunch box as I was excited and flailing around. Same child was accidentally scratched by me as I was flapping around. It was determined that I was bullying this girl and to this day my mum believes that I was attaching her on purpose!

LellowYedbetter Sat 23-Mar-19 11:10:42


Chocolateisfab Sat 23-Mar-19 11:15:10

My ds 4 got a Dino egg that you soaked in water and 'hatched' - was quite put out is wasn't real..
The power of advertising imo..

Isadora2007 Sat 23-Mar-19 11:16:21

Well as you’ve said ”Would purposely spill stuff and was quite mean to another girl because she was quiet and I thought I could bully her into being my friend” then I’m not sure you can be too upset that your mum believed you attacked someone on purpose. Having autism doesn’t mean it’s okay to be a bully.

Feenie Sat 23-Mar-19 11:37:47

When I was 7, I was certain that when my Nanna opened her Glade air freshener her living room would turn into her front garden, a la the advert. blush Was quite a fanciful child but definitely old enough to know better.

MadSweeney Sat 23-Mar-19 12:04:37

I recreated an Andrex ad aged 4 much to the annoyance of my Mum.

The one where the puppy grabbed the loo roll end and ran to the end of the garden with it. Turned out it barely reached the bottom of our stairs and I howled with disappointment. lies. All lies.

longtimelurkerhelen Sat 23-Mar-19 12:14:17

I actually thought you would have a nuclear fallout style glow if you ate Ready Break. blush

NaughtToThreeSadOnions Sat 23-Mar-19 14:22:49

Having autism doesn’t mean it’s okay to be a bully

No no it doesny and i didn't realise i was defendibg sone one who thought bullying was ok. I'm probably the sort of girl op would have bullied so i'm not ok with OPs last update.

Altbough i stand by the comment about people who are NT mocking tone but its unacceoable to bully both ways

LellowYedbetter Sat 23-Mar-19 14:29:32

I totally agree bullying is not right, I’ve learnt a lot since I was 7!

Bully is probably too strong a word anyway, I never hurt her or called names. Just nattered her constantly to play with me even though she didn’t want to.

I’d be the last person to condone bullying.

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