four, spectrum dad became convinced
we should always display the closed
captions for the hearing impaired
(is that right? closed? why not open?
or is it close captions?
In which case why not far
-as in I watched from afar?)
(I shall digress in blue today)
whenever we watched tv as a family.
I had no objections, spectrum son
had no objections, and so we have
little words at the bottom of the
tv screen all the time.
Result 1 His dad thinks he learned to read faster.
Result 2 Meltdowns when the words
don't match what is said-turns out
captioners usually go for the gist,
or sometimes just make mistakes.
Result 3 My son cannot focus on any
video without subtitles.
I have mixed feelings about all of this.
Videos of books often offer a
read-along option, so obviously
people think there's some educative
value there. But my son is way
past that stage. Whether because
of subtitles or otherwise, my son
is an expert decoder. He just doesn't
understand what he reads. Maybe
without the captions he would pick
up better on other visual cues.
Plus the library has some vids&dvds
without captions I want us to watch.
We watch several different book
video series, one of the oddest is
Nutmeg Media, which packages
a single book dvd with educational
We liked A Mother for Owen,
which I checked out
from our library.
Presumably you can also buy that
dvd if you'd like, but not from
Amazon which gives me this
image for that title:
In case you can't tell, that's a tortoise
mothering a baby hippo.
This really happened.
Which I guess puts any tiny
differences between parents
on one side of the
spectrum and children on the
other side into perspective.