Despite all of Caleb's quirks, Connor adores him and refers to him as his "best friend." The two brothers spend oodles of time together, even partaking in "sleepovers" in Caleb's room almost every weekend. With all this togetherness, Connor has picked up and mimicked some of Caleb's more challenging behavior. So, Chris and I decided Connor needed to know about Caleb's diagnosis. Our hope was he would understand his brother just a tad bit more and be able to separate himself behaviorally from his brother.
Tonight, I sat Connor down with the "All Cats Have Asperger's" book. We read it cover to cover, laughing at some of the silly feline photos. At the end I asked, "Connor, does anyone in this family remind you of a cat?"
With extreme confidence, he said, "Yes, Cooper!"
I started laughing, and said, "Wrong brother."
After running through all the other members of our family, Connor finally landed on Caleb. In some ways, I'm glad Connor didn't pick Caleb first. Connor sees him as his brother and his friend, and really that's all that matters in his eyes.