For the Record 12

April 19, 2019

I am almost afraid to admit that, but during the last few months, Robert became much calmer and happier.  I am afraid, because I still remember recurring periods of time of Robert being in distress. His screaming, his hitting his own face. I am afraid because  I still don’t know why that was happening and I don’t know why now, he seems so different with screaming and hitting his face gone.  Gone are red spots on his face where series after series of quick seemingly light patting broke the skin.  But my memory of those moments remains and I am still concerned.

With the arrival of spring, our trips to Sunapee Mountain were replaced by equally long excursions to Wellfleet Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod. The mysterious recurrence of high and low tides was not lost on Robert.  Walking silently with his father, he contemplated the vast area of either water covering wavy grasses of the marshes or equally wide extent of the suddenly bare bottom of the bay.

Besides that change his weekly activities remain the same swimming, horse back riding, trips with Tim to Five Guys for hamburger dinner, and everyday study with me.

Each day this week our work included:

1. Unit from No-Glamour Sentence Structure. It is the fourth or fifth time we used this book as we return to it every year or two.

2.A page from Comprehending”Conditional Directions” that Begin with “IF”. In the past I used a simplified drawing of two columns with “yes” and “no” as their headings.  I cut each sentence in two parts and ask Robert to place the part starting with “IF” in one of the columns.  Placing in “YES” required Robert to put in the same column the second part.  Placing in “NO’ demanded that Robert throws the second part to the waste basket and do nothing. This time around I stopped after reading the first part of the sentence and wait for Robert to say, “yes” or “no” and either follow the direction expressed in the second part or do not.  We still have a lot of problems with this approach so I need to evaluate it and possibly change it.

3. Two pages from Maps, Charts, Graphs & Diagrams. This gives Robert an opportunity to review topics he has learned before either through five levels of Daily Geography Practice,  or by making or reading bar, line, and circle graphs as they were introduced in many math curricula.  As for diagrams, Robert became familiar with them by learning science topics such as body systems, layers of rain forest or solar system.

4. A page from Say and Glue for Language and Listening. However, we are using it for independent work.  Robert did something similar years ago, but I had to assist him if not by giving clues, then by just sitting next to him. Now, I leave him alone with the task.

5. A page from Work booklet of Functional Routines. But this time we go through intermediate level as we went through basic one a few month ago.

6. Practice of  pronunciation  with a page from Weber Giant Book and (this is new)  with  cards from Syllable Drilling. I read a few cards an ask Robert to repeat and then Robert reads a few cards by dividing into syllables and I repeat after him.

7. A chapter from one of the books from Usborne Young Reading. Currently we are on chapter 4th of The Story of Flying.

We continue to shop with Robert doing all cashier work at self-serve cash register. Robert continues to do laundry independently, although sometimes, when one sock is left out of the pile, he turns the washing machine again, just for this one sock.  He does vacuum rug in the living room, bt is not very eager to do so.

Oh well,.


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