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Blog #68~Hardy Har Har 2

Blog #68~ Hardy Har Har 2

Sometimes I think Nick would rather tease than eat.  Well, unless it’s a big bowl of pasta, then all bets are off.  Having a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism has made it difficult for him to verbalize speech.  It hasn’t stopped him from showing his funny side.  In Blog #39~Hardy Har Har, I explored Nick’s his sense of humor. Check this blog out @  This week I have some new gems to share.

Silly guy wearing the blue blanket on his head 🙂

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He knows he is going to get a laugh out of me here….

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Plunk, this is funny stuff….

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Ha, good one Nick. Way to drop the lime in the pasta water….

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Uh oh, another dribble from the second floor stairwell…In Blog #3~Getting Your Goat, you can see a lot more of these. Check it out @

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I try to stay one step ahead of him but it’s not easy.  His latest trick is to push the spout on the coffee maker and let it the hot, brown stream run over the counter and trickle down the white cabinet drawers leaving a puddle on the floor.  He also has taken to dropping toys, remotes, phones and an assortment of things behind the flat screen TV.  One thing that is helping is to catch him before he commits the act.  I show him this icon quickly before he initiates the problem behavior.  It seems to be helping him to regulate those impulses.

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In addition, I use the happy face icon to catch him being good as often as I can…..

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Like when he is unloading the dishwasher (and wearing my high heels)  hardy, har har Nick…..

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Finding ways for Nick to get attention appropriately also helps keep his behavior in check.  I am always stocking up on fun things for him….

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My friend, Kelli found this cool light up ring.  Nick took a fancy to it….

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I looked over a few minutes later and saw that he had made it a toe ring…. 🙂

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And who doesn’t crack up over a bloody hand….

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Hope you enjoyed the light hearted fare this week.  I feel very blessed that Nick is so happy. Yes, his antics drive us bonkers and wear on our nerves.  But he brings a great light and humor to each day. Hey, its Nick’s world….the rest of us are just trying to keep up.  That’s what is in my noggin this week! 🙂



Teresa is the Author of "A New Course: A Mother's Journey Navigating Down Syndrome and Autism" and the mother of two boys. Her youngest son, Nick is 29 years old and has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism (DS-ASD). Teresa's passion is helping others understand and navigate co-occurring Down syndrome and autism. She is a DS-ASD consultant, advocate, speaker, and author. Follow Nick's world on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest @Down Syndrome With A Slice of Autism and on Twitter @tjunnerstall. For more information and media links, visit

8 thoughts on “Blog #68~Hardy Har Har 2

  1. Always enjoyable and this week’s blog teaches an important lesson: how to redirect behavior while keeping it light hearted and loving! Fun read!

  2. every pic i saw in this blog looked like any other whimsical kid being a boober!! boys will be boys!! He is just precious and lovable!! Yes…you don’t get the mature break through that “some” boys get to…but they will always be pain in the a….!@#$#@!! ‘s as Dana still leaves wet towels on my clean folded laundry and an entire pan of Lasagna out on the counter over night!!! Also, I hear Brenden leaves molded sandwiches in his car for weeks on end…
    does it really EVER get perfect..??I think not!! Loved this on T!! Love YOU!!

    1. Yes, boys will be boys and thanks for reminding me of all the other things they can do to get your goat, eeeeww on the moldy sammie 😉 Thanks for reading and your support, KB!

  3. T! The picture of Nick with the ring on his finger is really sweet… good reminder for the week… find fun in the little things! 🙂

  4. TJ,
    So I’m curious — when you show Nick the pink icon and he doesn’t do what he was about to do then, is there a retention of that awareness? Or does he do the behavior an hour later or the next day? Do you ever verbalize to him using a stern voice. Like NO, Nick, STOP? Just curious?

    1. I haven’t seen a retention to his awareness using the pink mad face icon. It seems to diminish the behavior at the point that he is about to do something he isn’t suppose to be doing. I use a stern voice and simple words, “Nick, all done” Using the word, “No” is a trigger that can set off a meltdown. Best if I can keep a poker face and not give him any attention if possible. After all, that is what he is craving, attention. 🙂

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