Big decisions are always fun to make but add in autistic kids, schooling and ‘their future,’ and the decisions seem to take on more precedence and importance. We have ABSOLUTELY LOVED the current school our boys are in and have felt extremely grateful that they have been in the program for a year. However, the school is more than 30 miles from our home and the early mornings, long days and strict schedules we adhere to so the boys can be ready for school have been tough on us. Tonight was no exception (my wife is an angel).
We were approached by another school that had two positions open up and. . . after much debate, discussion, and observation, we have decided to move them. Both schools are top in their areas and are very very strong programs so we feel blessed to have two great options for the kids. While we love their current school and will miss the teachers and staff tremendously; a 7:45 versus 6:00 morning, a bus that picks up and drops off at our doorstep, and 25 minute commute versus 60 minute commute for the boys will be nice! Plus, their OT and speech sessions will be held individually in the new school where right now, we have to take them to other schools on their “day off” for those sessions. VERY GRATEFUL for those options and a wife who had started looking into these options two years ago.
Accomplishments: If you read last week’s post, we talked about the Angry Birds pictures my wife had the kids paint. Well, I have a goal that when I teach piano lessons, I get the boys away from the TV or iPad and on different learning activities. I’ll consider it a success that for at least half the lessons on Thursday, they were painting and played on their own without the use of electronics. Rome wasn’t built overnight. 🙂
We’ve also seen great improvement in their writing skills, especially Twin A. His teachers gave us a sample of his writing and said they wrote the word on a separate piece of paper and asked him to write it on his own. We did that today with him and the picture below was the result. The work on ‘pincher grip,’ the IKEA chalkboard, and all the writing is starting to pay off! By the way ~ boys go in and out of playing with things but the IKEA chalkboard is a definite must have!
One of the reasons we moved was to be closer to family. One of my brothers and his family will be moving to Hawaii (yes yes – very unfortunate move for them) in a few weeks so we’ve been trying to spend all the time we can with their cousins before they move. The boys did extremely well at the zoo, especially since we didn’t ride the popular train at the beginning of the visit but waited until the end.
Tip of the Week: This is an example of an exercise from a recent speech visit. The goal was to get the boys to say something that is the same and another thing that is different. This is something we really need to work on but it’s coming along! We did cats / dogs, different types of balls, vehicles, etc. Really easy to make on our own – get a bunch of pictures and throw them on powerpoint but here’s an example of the cards we used in the session.
Have a great week! Thank you all for your comments on my help request last week! Results and updates to follow shortly!