One of the major characteristics of Autism is a delay in language. Or kids are also black and white thinkers. Idioms are difficult to understand because they don't make sense in the black and white world. James is a "mean what you say and say what you mean" kind of guy.
While on vacation, we traveled south to visit family we hadn't seen in a long time. James's Nana asked him what his favorite thing to do at school was. I expected, recess or Saturday to be his answer, but he said Science. James does love Science so she continued the conversation. She asked what they were learning about and James thought for a while. He said that they had been learning about how sometimes cities get flooded. (Learning about natural disasters is important for 3rd grades to know about I guess so they can be scared every time it rains that their house will be underwater and all of their stuff will get ruined!) Nana said, "That is good." James looked at her and said, "Not of the people who live there!" Just another day and another precious "Autism quip!!"