A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JONATHAN
When Morning Comes
The sun pours into Grandma’s bedroom. Its warmth falls on her and the small frame of her grandson, Jonathan, resting soundly on his small bed positioned beside their bedroom wall. Grandma and grandpa keep a watchful eye over the young boy through the night. Grandma sits on the edge of her bed and the sound of her loving voice begins to wake him.
“Wake up, sleepy head,” she calls to the sleepy boy.
Jonathan rubs his eyes but does not get up, only buries his head in the pillow. He’s still very sleepy. Grandma smiles. Patience is a virtue when handling sleepy Jonathan. A song comes to Grandma’s mind. A song she sings every morning to the four-year old. She takes her place on the edge of her bed and begins to sing a morning song to wake Jonathan up. She knows that he will join her in song.
“Wake up, wake up you sleepy head. It’s time to go to school. Wake up, wake up you sleepy head it’s time to learn the golden rule. When the school bell rings…”
“Ding, dong…” Jonathan sings sleepily rolling on his side towards his grandma.
“Then we all will be on our way, so wake up, wake up you sleepy head, its time to go to school…”
“Today,” Jonathan sings opening his large big brown eyes.
After a good stretch and yawn he smiles at his grandmother and climbs out of bed. He walks on his tip toes into her arms and rest his head on her shoulder being rocked as he does every morning. A busy day is ahead for him and it begins with a hug and kiss from Grandma.
“Good morning, Jonathan,” Grandma says to the little one.
“Good morning, Mama.”
Grandma smiles inwardly. Only a year ago he wasn’t able to say that.
-Children with Autism benefit from routine in many ways. As a matter of fact, they expect routine. Jonathan, expects to hear his grandmother’s voice in the morning. He knows it is morning when she begins to sing the ‘morning song’. Consistency is not only a major part of Jonathan’s morning but his life. Any small change in his environment or daily routine will result in an upset Jonathan.
-Children with Autism tend to speak later than other children. They often refer to themselves by name instead of “I” or “me”.
Permission to use this excerpt from ‘Jonathan’s Way’ given freely by author Lynnette Roman – Jonathan’s Aunt JoJo.