Autism and imagination
In the early yrs, son had no imagination.
He literally didn't know how to play.
I set out on a mission to give my son the ultimate imagination.
I literally sat with this dude for hours and hours, day after day
Making up shit.
I made up a bunch of imaginary friends and places.
I would walk son around our house, room to room
Each room was an imaginary place.
Each place had imaginary people
Each person had a personality.
We did this for yrs
I also came up with imaginary games, stuff like building forts in the living room
Having tea time/dinner parties with imaginary guests
Once he started to kinda understand what we were doing
He started adding his own little twist on things
From there we started playing with legos and building blocks
Building towers, houses, shit anything
Then we started reading picture books, so he could see the characters and backdrop of whatever was being read.
From there we started taking walks around the neighborhood
I would show him different places, stores, restaurants, streets, etc
This way, we could incorporate real life things into the imaginary world
It took alot of effort on my part
But now at 10yrs old son has a very vivid imagination.
And imagination is essential to the learning process
It helps to develop thoughts and ideas
It helps to process and retain information
It helps with memory
Imagination is very important in my opinion, everyone should have a good imagination because real life really ain't real.