People on the autism spectrum often show little imagination. In children, this means little or no make-believe play. Jack's play was very repetitive, with little imagination evident, so we put his big brother, Nick, in charge of teaching Jack how to use his imagination.
Nick has enough imagination for ten children and accepted his responsibility readily. It worked. While Jack can still be frightfully literal ("NO! I am NOT a cuddle-bear. I'm a boy!"), he is showing much more imagination these days. He suddenly decided he likes Pokemon now, and he's using a bunch of random stuffed animals to represent his Pokemon characters. Only one is an actual Pokemon.
This morning, he wanted to watch Men in Black Two, and went looking for his MIB glasses, which he could not find. I refused to help him look, telling him it was his responsibility to keep track of his own toys.
Since he couldn't find the MIB glasses, he's wearing is glow-in-the-dark Harry Potter glasses. They don't at all resemble the dark shades with black plastic frames he calls his MIB glasses. The Harry glasses are whitish without lenses. But he's happily substituting anyway. This may not seem huge to most people, but it does demonstrate a level of creativity and imagination Jack didn't demonstrate a year ago.
I LOVE progress!
What do you do to stimulate imagination in your child?