Saturday, 1 February 2014

February puzzles


A little list for the start of the month so I have something to aim for and remind me what's planned. We have decided to home educate Little Bird and although for the moment he is still at pre-school for 3 mornings a week until July, time will go quickly and I need a bit of a plan on how to balance our week with therapies and other learning opportunities. I still expect to have to justify this to various 'authorities' so hence the plan.

I have a stack of autism books to read, currently I'm reading one called The Siege which was written by Clara Claiborne Park. A mother that wrote about her daughter's autism - a daughter Jessica that is now a grown woman and one that produces amazing artwork. As I read the book there are many parallels with Little Bird, something that hasn't happened before. You soon realise with a child with autism that it can be very difficult to find a vaguely 'similar' child and one you can perhaps glean some ideas for therapies from or to help you decide what to do for the best some days. I know all children are different but typical children seem to follow a more set development pattern and autism can confuse you so much.

Anyway, this book has given me some hope. As I read it I'm nodding furiously as to how similar some of the quirks are and the ways Clara approached some of the challenges in the early days have been similar to what I have done already with LB so that makes me feel better.
Source: Artwork by Jessica Park

We are currently working on jigsaws as all of a sudden he is putting the pieces together. He can do very complex jigsaws on an iPad but actual ones he was just walking around with the pieces, perhaps picking all the pieces out with faces on and them and making a collection of them. Now for 2-3 piece puzzles he will put them together in the traditional way. He sat with a box of 6 x 2-piece different coloured dinosaur puzzles and I realised he was picking out the right colours and putting it together. Brilliant! Even better was when I said 'Can you do the yellow dinosaur puzzle' and he straight away fished the yellow pieces out of the box and pieced them together. I continued asking him for all the other colours and he did them all. This is amazing to me. It is like all of a sudden, something clicks and he's away with it. Very proud!


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18 comments:

Gretta Schifano said...

Brilliant, it sounds like you're doing a great job. I love Jessica's artwork by the way.

Anna said...

well done to him on his puzzles!

the book sounds interesting too. I should make time to read more Autism books! Always so much to fit in

Mellissa Williams said...

I love making lists, it gets me organised too. Jigsaws are a great way to get your braincells working. Isn't technology great that they can be completed on an ipad now

Michelle Ordever said...

Lovely list - have fun working through it!



Well done to your little guy and his puzzles :)

Bek B said...

I feel the need to make a list for myself now! Yours is great! I'm glad to hear that your little one is getting on well with the jigsaws.

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

Great minds think alike - I do this every month too. It really helps focus even though more often than not I have things that have been on there for months lol

fritha strickland said...

love that illustration! Always good to have a list :) x

pinkoddy said...

It is fantastic that you have a plan, and hope that the home ed isn''t too demanding from the authorities. Such fantastic news on the puzzle front.

mummyoftwo said...

Good luck doing everything you want this month! Well done to Little Bird with the jigsaws - it's definitely something I need to work on with my little one!

Agata Pokutycka said...

This is a great achievement - jigsaws are not so easy... I hope you both will keep at it

Vaichin said...

Well done on the jigsaws. We love them too!

Mrs Chasing the Donkey said...

WOW jigsaws, what a smart little tyke!

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Emily said...

Sounds like a busy month ahead! Being able to do jigsaws is a very impressive skill :)

Emily said...

The mosaics are stunning - great pics.

Jane Roberts said...

Well done on your puzzle work, it's funny how the click thing works with our superstars. Ethan can also do them on the ipad but not in real life. I admire you for homeschooling, I really wouldn't know where to start and I think you really would have to keep to a time table. I hope it works well for you both.

Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)
x

rebecca beesley said...

well done on the jigsaws and colours! And well done on your decision to home-school. We had the best 3 years of our lives home-schooling. It wasn't always easy and there were ups and downs (as i think there always is when you have a child with ASD) but definitely more ups than downs and my boys both had some amazing experiences that they never would have had if they had been at school. There are lots of home-ed groups out there too for support and advice and I'm sure the blogging world will have lots of home-ed support too. If you don't have a statement of special needs then you shouldn't have to justify your decision to the authorities at all - You don't usually even have to tell them unless your child has already started at a primary school xxx

Foz said...

Oh well done on the puzzles!!

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