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Ds telling really elborate porkies...help!(19 Posts)
You need to go out an buy a standard parenting book for NT's hun!
It's a totally normal developmental stage for most 6 year olds (so your DS is just a couple of years behind the NT curve) to start to "embellish" their stories, and learn to deny with poker straight faces that they did in fact steal the cookies from the cookie jar. As adults this ability translates to the ability to tell your best friend that "no your bum doesn't look big in that". In the worst adults this develops into "village gossip" types iykwim. (A personality type I loathe as gossips embellishing their stories causes emotional harm).
This doesn't mean you should ignore it, as obviously dishonesty in a malicious or nasty way is a malevolent human trait & all parents NT or not should be trying to foster positive personality characteristics in their kids.
The aim is that your child learns to tell the gentle white lies that smooth human relationships & are needed to survive in the real world and to steer the lying away from anything horrid iykwim. same as you teach a child that stealing is wrong or that violence is wrong except in self defence. Teaching and learning ethics needs to step centre stage at this emotional & communication developmental level. I know you well enough to know that teaching your son decent ethics is never gonna be an issue for you.
This is actually a really GOOD developmental milestone your son has reached here & one that sadly many ASD kids never quite reach (mine isn't there yet quite & frankly I'll be singing and dancing like Julie Andrews when/if it finally happens!). Most NT parents look back at their kids tall tales from aged around 6 with fond amusement, in years to come.
The other thing to consider, is that your DS isn't necessarily lying. If he has sensory issues, plus ?learning disability (sorry if he doesn't!) then his perspective will be very different to yours and mine.
If he doesn't have a good grasp of time, then it could have seemed like a very long time. If he did retch, then it would have felt interminably long. Also, the details of whether it was 'the whole school' could just come down to a linguistic issue - more than one child is 'lots' and 'lots of children' is the 'whole school.'
Mum enters room & encounters very young child, (aged 3-6 NT years) with face smeared in chocolate
"Did you take the last biscuit?"
NT child answers "No"
ASD child answers "Yes".
The child means no actual harm but is aware that he's been naughty and doesn't want to get into trouble. (Able to think of what Mum's reaction will be).
Is it this level of lying? If so, don't fret just keep teaching the same ol' right from wrong stuff you always do and the child will grow out of this stage bar the occasional white lie to avoid hurting the feelings of others.
DS gives perfect visual accounts of what's happened (his memory must be like a silent movie reel I often think), but I know it's pointless expecting him to accurately infer the motives of others, or to remember accurately what was said. I also know his interpretation of what was said can be WAY off beam at times. It's not lying, just his ASD perception of events, (inc a different sensory experience to that of his peers).
(I often think I'd have REAL trouble parenting an NT kid after DS, and frankly wonder how others manage to.)
Ok the above above is the one I'm hoping DS will hit within the next year. (not researched further than that at this stage, as it gets depressing measuring against "normal" tbh).
There are " lie steps" after that all connected with imagination, putting yourself in someone else's shoes that DO represent normal milestones against NT development and tbh are summat to celebrate in kids like ours. Moondog needs to come onto this thread to advise further - perhaps you could pm her?
I suppose I'm trying to say don't over analyse it beyond spotting the lies for what they are. The analysis then needs to be is the intention malicious or not. (and NOONE is a saint btw!) Then be firm about pointing out that it can hurt others if needed, or on helping him interpret his sensory perceptions correctly.
Reward truth telling as much as you can, to ensure that telling the truth is much more rewarding than not. You have the ABA experience to do this, and I'm really confident that you can btw!
You sound stressed out by it. One of those moments when it's tough being a single Mum? I don't care what anyone says, no child is a mythical "angel" ALL the time, every human on the planet has a few flaws. (Any teacher will tell you some parents of NT kids seem to drift along in a haze of wilful ignorance of what little monsters their pfb Tarquins can be at times.) DS drives me mad right now with his greed for food, and has started swearing. He also has the patience of a ghat with people he considers "dumb". That last one he inherited straight from me, so all I can is try and teach him not to make it quite so obvious iykwim.
Ok, I'm sensing that actually, you're more worried that what you think is lying might actually be true, and that the accusations are quite serious?
Perhaps what you need to establish is a more accurate home/school communication of anything out of the ordinary that happens in the day.
For instance, DD1 was sent home with an accident book entry saying 'hit by a small whiteboard'. She was able to say 'X threw it at me...' However, if it had been the other way around, it would be have been quite disturbing to hear 'x threw a whiteboard at me...'
Nobody will expel your DS if you are repeating his
What is stopping you from saying 'I'm so embarrased, but DS has been saying things that <aren't true> <are a gross exaggeration> etc., can we turn it into a learning excercise?
Why has SALT for your DS stopped? Just asking cos our lads are the same age & I expect DS to continue till the end of primary school.
I often refer to the book "language for thinking" as recc'd by moondog. Can you get hold of a copy at all? It's very helpful for comprehension/imagination/consequences skills. I ran into massive problems knowing what to do once he got past the standard VB-mapp as the milestones listed in that doc only go up to age four, and as you know DS had no regular access to SALT till last year.
I honestly think a really decent ASD savvy SALT would be a more appropriate professional in the first instance than a shrink.
The boy I used to support (ASD) had got to the stage of lying to get himself out of trouble at about 11 yo, much later than NT. It was difficult to deal with because he had always told the truth before that and he couldn't understand why I didn't believe his (completely unreasonable) lies. He also used to be be very blunt about members of staff, usually the HT, if they had shouted at children misbehaving. He'd say things like, 'Mrs D** was being a horrible lady today, wasn't she?' We had to spend quite a bit time explaining that it was inappropriate to comment about teachers like that, to other members of staff.
So not quite what you are experiencing, but just to let you know that the sort of thing you are experiencing is quite common and it is a developmental stage, just not a particularly nice one. I suppose your DS's whoppers might get out of hand if he doesn't realise the consequences there might be if he is believed. So if he's accusing a teacher of being abusive etc, he may just be exaggerating a telling off and not realising how much trouble the teacher may get into. Or his teacher may be being abusive.
Without scaring him, I think you have to try to explain how serious it is if he's exaggerating, without making him too nervous to tell you the truth if things are happening.
I also used Language for Thinking with the boy I supported. Very good resource.
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