All Done – Jonah’s declaration that it is high time to do/see/have something new/something else: in the past he would say “all ny-ah”
Black Soda – Pepsi, Coke, or any other type of cola
Bye-Bye -Usually a warning uttered by Jonah for you to please get away from me.
Camwa – Jonah’s pronunciation of “camera.”
Circle Pepperoni – What Jonah calls pre-sliced pepperoni
Closed – This is an event, activity, person, place, or thing that Jonah cannot do/see/have at the moment.
Cranberry Guster – Guster’s album Easy Wonderful.
Huck – Jonah’s pronunciation of “hug.”
IEP – Individualized Education Program
Lem-a-made – lemonade, one of Boo’s favorite drinks
m m m – M & Ms, in Jonah lingo
Mess-a-kiss – Jonah’s way of asking to play whatever messages we’ve got stored on the answering machine.
Moneycoin – Any monetary unit that comes in coin form. Penny, nickel, dime, quarter, etc.
NT – Neurotypical (a.k.a. “normal”)
Number One Park – The Voorheesville Elementary School playground
Oompa Oompa – What Jonah calls the original movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Open for Business – This is an event, activity, person, place, or thing that Jonah can now do/see/have.
Octopus – Any kind of those squishy rubbery toys with nub or finger-like appendages will fit the bill – even those that look like caterpillars or balls.
PECS -Pictures Exchange Card System, I think is the meaning of the acronym. Usually used with non verbal or verbally limited individuals, it’s a way for these people to communicate through pictures of things like milk, playground, a stop sign, a van, a toothbrush, etc.
Perseverate – to be involved in something obsessively, or repeat something redundantly or repetitively
Quiet Time – Almost the same as a time out, this is a (usually brief) period spent lying on his bed in his room, though sometimes one of us will lie down with him and cuddle. Sometimes not used as a punishment but rather a quasi-nap period.
Russro Park – The North Bethlehem Park on Russell Road.
Sugar – a Kit Kat (as opposed to the myriad of other sugar-laden chocolate bars or candies).
Swat – Jonah usually vocalizes and pantomimes the swat simultaneously, cocking his hand back shot-put style and then dropping it limp-wristed while saying “swat!” It has quickly come to mean I am about to flip out, guys, and this is your warning.
Swim Pool – Any swimming pool, to Jonah, and sometimes just swimming in general
The Village – A seemingly random arrangement of toys, stools, chairs, and other objects, usually concentrated in one area, which cannot under any circumstances be moved or rearranged without risking Jonah’s wrath.
White Soda – 7-up, Sprite, or any type of clear soda