In the movie Temple Grandin, they do an awesome job illustrating how she thinks in pictures.
Her teacher mentions a horse and pictures of horses Temple has seen in real life, pictures, and on TV flash on the screen. I've seen Temple speak twice and both times she discussed how her mind visualizes objects exactly the way the movie portrayed.
The movie also shows how literal she thinks when her aunt says, "We get up with the roosters around here" and Temple pictures her aunt and uncle on the the roof with a rooster at dawn.
I can tell this is how Jaylen thinks, in pictures and very literally. Sarcasm is completely lost on him. If I say, "Do that again and you will get time out," he only gets my telling him to do it again. It takes a lot of thought on my part to word things carefully.
After hanging up with a parent of one of my tutoring students, I told my husband the student was transferring to a private school. Jaylen abruptly stopped playing on the computer, and turned to me with his mouth open and eyes wide, completely shocked.
I was confused, but my husband laughed and said, "I'm with you son, we think differently than Mommy."
Then it hit me. Ohhhhh, "private
" school. Eeewwww.