In a previous post I mentioned that my son (who is on the spectrum) makes strange noises... a lot. He does this at school, loudly, in class, in the libraray, pretty much everywhere. Mostly they are yelps, but can be other vocalizations. I think he meets criteria (I can't remember if our neurologist documented the other tics he has) for Tourette's/tics. Anyway, recently an educator decided to see how aware difficult child is of his noises. She decided to make noises while they were playing a game. difficult child noticed (his hearing is fine, why wouldn't he notice) and laughed. She did it again and he noticed again. Later she asked him if he noticed the noises she was making. He said yes. She asked if he thought that was weird. He said yes. And she said 'well, it's kind of weird when you make those noises too.' On one hand I see what she's trying to do, but on the other I'm offended for a multitude of reasons 1) what if he thinks it's ok to point out the noises other disabled kids make and call them weird 2) we try to remind him to be respectful in his requests and interactions and I think it's inappropriate for a teacher to use the word 'weird' instead of just politely pointing it out or asking him to stop 3)what if this really is out of his control and now he knows his teacher thinks these uncontrollable vocalizations are weird. So, I brought this up to a few people and spoke to the teacher eventually. I know they all think I'm being way too picky about it, but we've had bad past experiences that I don't want to repeat. There is a plan being readied for implementation that involves role-playing between two teachers that difficult child will watch. One thing difficult child does is use one word utterances to demand something. The strategy for the role-playing was to have one teacher 'play' difficult child and demand something in the manner he typically does and then point out why that's rude/inappropriate and a better way to do it. On the surface this seems ok, but for some reason I feel this is demeaning to difficult child. I'm having a hard time articulating why I feel this way. What do you think of this strategy to make difficult child more aware of his social mis-steps?