On the whole, we’ve been unimpressed with the workers from the wraparound agency we’ve had for Captain Oblivious and Little Miss this summer. Their main function is, apparently, to babysit them while they’re spending time with “normal” kids so that they don’t miss an opportunity to correct a social misstep. They do that. But we haven’t heard much else.
However, the Captain’s mobile therapist made a comment the other that that really put my mind to thinking. He pointed out that when the Captain is with peers, he doesn’t have much in common to discuss with them. Even television, his fixation, is inadequate, because what he watches are the Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network cartoons, for the most part, and Disney movies.
I pointed out we’re not a big TV household in general. I’d bet the adults watch maybe 10 hours a week, and half of that is morning and evening news/weather. We don’t watch American Idol or any of its clones, no Big Brother, not much of anything unless it’s really something we want to see. We don’t watch Hannah Montana or what’s the new thing over at Disney Channel? Something about a camp.
We’re aware we may be narrowing their focus by this, and so we’ve all watched the Super Bowl games, especially when the local favorite Steelers were playing, so the boys would have something to talk about the next day. Ditto the Nickelodeon Kid’s Awards. They also see movies in the theater that are PG-rated. We hate to let them see kung-fu type violence because then that’s what we see for the next week at home, particularly around the last few glass objects we have. But other things. And they read. And read.
The mobile therapist says maybe we should let him watch more tv, since it is something he could at least discuss with his classmates.
So I ask the Captain at dinner the other night, what shows the kids in sixth and seventh grade at his camp watch.
“South Park,” he says. “Family Guy…and American Dad.”
The Cabana Boy and I just gave each other a look. We’ve seen at least two of these programs, and frankly, I agree with the South Park creators when they put on their disclaimer “This show… should not be watched by anyone.” (Although the Christmas eppy was awfully funny.)
But, wow. Is that really the way to bring him into the junior high world? Let him watch these foul-mouthed little cartoon characters? It’s been ten years since I had a seventh grader in the house, and the world has changed a lot. What media is available to show an awkward, emotionally-immature Aspie boy the way to become a fine young man? Surely not Eric Cartman. Anyone have other suggestions?