For the Record 13

May 17, 2019

One easy Sudoku from Still prompting by suggesting Robert to consider some numbers first.

One page (two scenes with six questions each) from Comprehending “Conditional Directions” that Begins with “IF”. We did that before, years ago. At that time I cut each sentence into two parts, placing conditional  fragment on top of the page with two lines going respectively toward “yes” and “no” and followed by either “do this” or “do nothing.  The second part of the sentence was turned up-side -down and Robert was ask to either place it turn it over and follow the direction or throw it into a waste box.  Currently, I read the conditional “IF” part very slowly, wait for Robert to say either “yes” or “no” and then I finish the sentence.  Robert still makes errors from time to time, but much less than he used to.

Two pages from Maps, Charts, Graphs, and Diagrams (Teacher Created Resources) I use these material mostly to review things Robert learned previously.  The only new thing is a need to use IPAD to look for additional information, for instance to find a drawing of a microscope with names of its parts, and then use that information to complete a diagram.

One page from Cut and Paste Logic from Remedia Publication.  We are doing it for the last time, as Robert proficiently uses the clues to put four objects in four spaces. no more copies of the same pages.  I am not sure if that is satisfying to him, but it is certainly rewarding for me.

One page or part of the page from Singapore Math 5A.  By trail and error we began dividing by two digits divisor.  A few division at a time. Mostly guessing work and checking.

Words from old Weber book -repeating all words twice  on each side of the page.

One page of cutting and gluing in appropriate places from Say and Glue for Language and Listening Fun Sheets. This is mostly to practice independent work without me present.

One page with reading on intermediate level from From Functional Routines for Adolescents and Adults Community. We completed reading and answering question for the same workbook a couple month ago. Before there was one sentence related to one picture.  Now there are short paragraphs that describe each of the four pictures.

8-10 cards from What They Are Asking from Fun Decks.  Robert can come up with some ideas on his own but often he grasps for words. I am not checking what he knows already, I am increasing (hopefully) his ability to retrieve words related to each picture.

8-10 cards from Yes and No Fun Deck.  I noticed the same problems I encountered six years ago.  Somehow Robert reads my face and says what I have been thinking, which often is the purposefully wrong answer.  However, yesterday, I noticed strange development.  Robert stopped looking at my face, as if he realized that it might mislead him. he looks down and then gives me correct answer.  I wonder, what would happen tomorrow.

1-3 chapters depending on difficulties and lengths form a book from Usborne Young Reading currently The Midnight Ghosts. Those are simple but very well illustrated books.  We read them to both familiarize Robert with children’s and adults classics but also to improve understanding of the concepts included in the texts

Cursive writing to address Robert tendency to constantly decrease size of the letters to almost looking like a straight line. Usually he copies sentences about his days. I use paper with three lines to help Robert regain his ability to write cursive clearly.  I write sentences related to his days or to overall general but applicable knowledge.  Sometimes he uses the same sentences in writing in his Journal.


Mother Versus Wet Towel

May 15, 2019

It was supposed to be a happy event.  Going to the airport to meet mother who was coming home after 9 days in France.  In the past, Robert made many trips to the airport and he was always calm and relatively happy. Jan didn’t predict any problems.

So, after Robert finished his swimming lesson, he and his father drove to the airport. But as soon as Jan turned north instead of south on 95 interstate highway, Robert began protesting, “Home, home, home.” No, he didn’t want to go to the airport, he wanted to go home.  He needed to go home. He couldn’t go to the airport.  Not with wet towel, soaking swimming pants, and damp swimming cap. Those things should not travel to the airport.  They should be brought home.  “Home, home, home”, Robert tried to persuade his father.  Since, he didn’t have proper words, he replaced them with dramatic screams of protest. The most efficient way tfor Robert o express his uttermost anxiety was to keep slapping quickly his cheeks and scratching his nose with fast movements of his fingers. Yes, of course! Robert loves his mother and he missed her too, but the personal feeling are nothing when compared with the broken order of things. If the simple rules governing Robert’s world are broken then the universe might collapse.  Robert didn’t want that to happen so he kept screaming and pulling Jan toward the car. “Home, home.”  To avoid continuing display of robert’s determination, Jan  decided to wait in the car as I was snailing through the airport security.  And thus they waited.  Jan patiently repeating that they wait, that she would arrive soon, that they will all go home and bring home the towel as well.

When he finally saw me, Robert calmed down instantly. Maybe because he was happy to see me at last.  Or maybe because now, nothing would prevent the towel from reaching home.

In the past, many times we experienced similar issues.  When directly after horseback lesson, Robert and his father drove to the beach, Robert protested vehemently. “Home, home, home”  he kept demanding all the way to the beach.  “Home, home, home”  he insisted while walking along the beach. “Home, home, home” he kept perseverating in his favorite restaurant. Similar thing happened when after kayaking lesson, he, his sister, and his dad went camping instead of returning home first. To address those issues we kept giving Robert prior notices of expected changes in familiar routines. And when I say “notice” I mean repeating the same thing many times, writing a schedule and reading it.  As a result, Robert is now content when we go to the beach immediately after riding lesson.

I don’t doubt that Robert loves me and wanted me to be home.  Just like I know that Robert loves Horseneck Beach and Bay Restaurant. But when order of things that Robert  rigidly established for himself is being undermined, he protests in  despair.