Originally Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Above please see the picture.
This is “another creation,” a picture frame made by Jr.
His father and I were not only “pleased, we were impressed” by his “Artwork!”
We do our best to encourage Jr to do art. We also do our best to accommodate his needs.
This frame is “impressive work” because it shows that his sensory and touch issues aren’t “as prevalent” as they previously were.
Meaning “Jr used glue!!!” Jr didn’t like glue “At all” a few years ago. I mean “every time” some glue would get on his fingers, he’d point or say “I need to wash my hands!”
It also shows his level of patience, (he sat still and focused) long enough to complete it.
It also shows that his attention to detail and his own creative expression is increasing.
His father and I are so proud! We’re going to invest in a “sketch book” as opposed to the “notebook” he’s been using here at home, and see what “creations manifest” from that encouragement and support.
WHAT I OFFER TO YOU:
If your child is writing on the walls. Redirect that behavior, but encourage them to “write” on paper, in their notebooks etc. This is them “attempting to communicate to us, but express themselves.”
PLEASE PLEASE DON’T DECREASE THEIR SELF ESTEEM (MORALE) OR MOTIVATION, by deterring them entirely.
Also, if your child is interested in music. Buy an MP3 player for them and allow them to add their own music (With your supervision of course.) My husband bought Jr and MP3 player, since the HTC Thunderbolt phone I’d purchased has since become inoperable.
His father and I learned that Jr actually “liked” Justin Beiber music. Then he didn’t. LOL
I honestly believe because Jr uses the tablet and computer often, but also Youtube; I believe he may have seen “the news” about Justin Beiber and the trouble he was getting into so he no longer had an interest.
It could also be attributed to the fact that children with Autism, especially Jr the jittery “Gemini” LOL he “quickly” loses interests in things.
Don’t be afraid to “look stupid or goofy” in front of or around them. Do some “role playing” like they do in school during their center times. Create your own games based on their interests.
For example, my husband and I will play “ignorant” and ask Jr a series of questions about his favorite cartoon or movie characters. He doesn’t even know we’re testing and teaching at the same time.
He also doesn’t realize that “reading the information bar” at the bottom of the screen as the news airs; is “speed reading” that he’s teaching himself to do.
REMEMBER my motto….
“Autism isn’t a disability; it’s the ability to see and experience the world differently!”