learning… — 5 Minutes for Special Needs


Learning…I’ve not written about homeschooling yet so I thought maybe this would be a good time.  Homeschooling isn’t so typical for us, we have many challenges to get over.  We do use therapies as part of our daily routine (even if we are still on sabbatical from professional therapies at our local hospital).  We do a lot of reading…Last year we read 163 books (several times each).   This year we’re working on doubling that.  We’re in the 200’s right now.  Things that I have noticed lately are that my son appears to be more aware of his surroundings and is learning to place sounds.  Not that he didn’t necessarily know where he was, but things that are taking place around him.  Such as sounds…he’s now really focusing on where it’s coming from.  He loves to be startled by a sudden noice then wants it repeated over and over.  Gets excited if you wait a while then repeat a sound.  He also is really anticipating…when you do something rhythmically then pause, he’ll smile in anticipation for the rhythm to continue.  He’s always been musical & a music lover.  Probably realizes now that neither mom or dad can carry a tune in tune.  (that explains all his laughing when we sing.)  He’s mimicking…we attempt to sing a scale up and back down…he trys to do it too.  His new word (besides the most important “mom”) is now “dadada” I swear he actually sounds like he’s putting together sentences too (has been saying “love you” for a long time) but now he’s saying “where ARE you?”  “come FIND me” and the latest “do it again”  I swear it’s not just my ears hearing what I’ve longed to here words.  The “Equipment” piece I wrote about before, the kid walker…we finally got approved and now have it (YAHOO!)  he stands in it and pushes backward or stands while “running” like a mad man (but not really moving anywhere just legs are moving).  When we move into a practical house I think he’s going to LOVE his kid walker and there will be no more sitting down!  He’s able to sit, crossed legged on the floor and balance.  That was a huge milestone!  Can sit & balance for quite a while…at least til you make him laugh and then his tone kicks in and his legs come uncrossed and out.  Oh but that giggle (my favorite!)  He’s tolerating being on the floor a little more (still vocalizes his complaints but is willing to be there for a little longer).  Today he rolled over onto his belly and was scooting across the floor with his arms stuck under him…if it weren’t for his legs he’s be stuck in the same place, but with the help of his legs he scoots himself across.  Arms dont move even if they weren’t stuck under him.  Also on the food front…moving away from pureed foods with no textures to foods with lots of textures and doing REALLY well at it…at 6 years old 49 1/2 inches tall and 38 pounds 6 ounces….I’m exstatic about how things are going!

You may look at this and think really you can consider this school?  Yes, for us this is school…we work on the milestones and one day at a time, we will shoot for the moon to land amongst the stars.

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I'm a homeschooling mom to a wonderful special boy. Tristan has spastic quadraplegia (CP), severe cortical vision impairment, seizure disorder, and he is non-verbal. I honestly think he's the one doing the teaching. I would not change anything!

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1 carolyn April 24, 2011 at 8:12 pm

You are simply amazing my dear!

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