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  1. I'd be interested to know what ABA looks like with a teenager (who has never done it before). Just started looking into this as well.
  2. What about Eleanor Rose and call her Ellie? I like Juniper Rose as well--- Junie. Cute!
  3. Has anyone suggested Rose Amelia? or Amelia Rose? Both are pretty I think!
  4. Check out Roman's Deli http://romanstakeout.com/ If you've got art enthusiasts, go down to the River Arts District and you can go in and out of a bunch of artist's studios--- watching them work and speaking to the artists themselves. Can also purchase. http://www.riverartsdistrict.com/ Have fun!
  5. I agree about being very careful about confronting her. From personal experience, I know. You don't want to be wrong (or have her not be willing to see what you see) and make things worse. But keep your eyes open, keep the relationship with your daughter as good as you can-- and hope, if there is something off with this guy, your daughter is able to see it sooner rather than later.
  6. I've got one like this. Something could have been broken completely by accident and said child would rather keel over than admit anything occurred at all. I came to realize (quite late unfortunately) that this child couldn't take anything on board because said child couldn't admit to himself any wrongdoing. It would have meant he wasn't perfect, and this child struggled with the negative aspects of perfectionism. I don't know if this might be your daughter's issue as well-- just throwing it out as a possibility. I have learned to say things like: there is no perfect, it is unattainable and we are all just a work in progress. When I started occasionally saying these things this child relaxed considerably. Maturity has helped as well :001_smile:
  7. I haven't read other responses, so apologies in advance if someone already said this.. First of all, I think you're being really reasonable-- she shares a room so needs to have some kind of routine, has a flashlight so she can read if she wants, is going to get the special one night up late experience-- (something to look forward to). I wonder if she's regressing a bit before she moves forward developmentally? All of my kids tend to do that about the 1/2 yr and full yr marks. Just get a little more difficult during those times. Also, wonder if it's attention seeking? --L
  8. We first sought out regular therapy with a therapist who specializes in working with young people and adults with special needs. The only problem was, my kid wasn't ready to 'let go' of those earplugs--- and with therapy, you've got to be a willing participant. She also didn't fully understand that the earplugs were OK, but had become a crutch. We sought out OT at the suggestion of the therapist. She thought it might help. Our OT works with my daughter with managing feelings related to the sounds-- acknowledging that it's a sound and that it's OK, that she's OK --everything's going to be OK etc..... The OT also works on building confidence and learning to persevere through difficult experiences. I think, for your son, if he's willing --talking to a therapist who specializes in something like this might help. It was a little too 'mature' for my daughter because, developmentally, she's still quite young and didn't really 'get' it.
  9. I have a child who is extremely sensitive to certain sounds. We had earplugs made (audiologist) and it made a world of difference. The earplugs became a constant companion, and we were able to go out as a family and enjoy activities outside of the house. My child is now working with an occupational therapist to help learn to cope with the sounds that are bothersome. This has been a huge help. The earplugs are no longer a constant companion, and now my kid is able to go out to almost any public place and can cope without them. Earplugs still go with us to certain places like the cinema--- but that's OK. Whatever works to make this child's life more comfortable and happy is OK with me. Has your son considered earplugs? Would he consider something like OT or other therapy? ETA: sorry, was posting when you were I think. I see that he does use earplugs. He might consider professionally made ones that are pretty discreet if he hasn't tried that for daytime.
  10. For my 15 yr old who struggles with math, I bought CLE Math https://www.clp.org/store/by_course/175 We used CLE pre-algebra last year, and he's half way through Algebra I for this year. He needs direct instruction and a lot of review, and this curriculum provided it. It goes pretty incrementally and the books explain things in a way that he understands. Although, he also uses Khan Academy online when he needs more explanation. The books themselves (10 in all) are pretty thin, so not overwhelming. You can buy the quizzes/tests as well-- which we did. Not sure if it will matter to you/your son, but I believe the company is a Mennonite company and there are some word problems dealing with some religious content. My son's not a religious guy, so he tends to just skip the (very infrequent) questions that seem a little 'out there' to him. But the math content is exactly what he needed and it's got him a long way. He'll be doing geometry in the fall through Well Trained Mind Academy since algebra I is where my comfort level ends. :001_smile: Another idea for your son--if you haven't already looked into it-- may be the Key to.. math books http://www.christianbook.com/key-to-algebra-books-1-10/9781559530880/pd/53088 ETA: Have you looked at this? http://homeschool.kineticbooks.com/preAlgebra.php --Laura
  11. We're looking at the Intro to Architecture class here: http://www.homeschoolarchitecture.com/
  12. I'd be interested to hear how others handle obsessive interests as well.
  13. Yes.. exactly. My daughter has learned the facts, but hasn't quite got the "what does all of this mean" bit. What I'm hoping to do is work with her next year on what it means to multiply. Planning to work extensively with her on this, because it's something that just doesn't come easily for her.
  14. This is what I used https://www.multiplication.com/products/books/multiplication-flash My dd 16 learned all the multiplication facts *up to 10* with this within a couple of weeks. I had tried Times Tales as well as Times Tables the Fun Way and neither worked. Although, to learn addition facts, we used Addition the Fun Way and that did work. This method works for her though because she really needs the story for recall.
  15. I'll 2nd the suggestion you already got about trying Teaching the Essay and Teaching the Research Paper. These were very good help to my son who was struggling. Both really helped him with how to structure things, and his writing has really taken off this year. He is doing academic writing for his biology class as well as writing for his English class; and both are coming along really well. You might also take a look at Bravewriter http://www.bravewriter.com/ They've got some short online classes that might work. (I've never tried any, but have heard decent reviews).
  16. I'm going to do a year of culinary arts with my 16 yr old DD (autism/ mild ID). The intent is to combine cooking skills, nutrition/health, and math. Looking at using this possibly http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/projects/new/-- as well as: http://www.jamieshomecookingskills.com/skills.php http://www.sdlback.com/consumer-spending-handbook/ This, along with the student worktext. Also: http://www.tasksgalore.com/html/book2_sample.html and, there is a youtube channel called: Sarah's Great Day https://www.youtube.com/user/sarahsgreatday Cooking 'show' featuring a girl with Down Syndrome (and her mom) I think my daughter might kind of like watching these videos and trying the recipes. Still searching to make it complete-- but this is what I have so far. -Laura
  17. Have you checked out any 4H curriculum? They've got some decent (and, I think,useful, stuff). Here's a link: http://www.4-h.org/resource-library/curriculum/healthy-living-curriculum/ We've done some of their animal care curriculum, and my daughter (16 with autism and mild ID) really enjoyed it. --Laura
  18. I've used their Explore Math books which my daughter liked pretty well, and was useful for using some of the math that she has learned. Also used the US Geography Reader and Explore American History book. All the books we've had from them have lots of photos and fairly simple sentences. We used the geography book as a supplement, but it was kind of fun for her to read and learn about different points of interest in the U.S. We still have the American History book, and haven't done much with it because she kind of lost interest.
  19. Take a look at this link for a sample of a book from Attainment Company http://www.attainmentcompany.com/sites/default/files/pdf/sample/ESS-Student-Level%202%20Sample.pdf Here's the link to their website http://www.attainmentcompany.com/ --Laura
  20. I stopped eating meat 24 yrs ago, and this year I added fish to my diet. I eat it maybe once a month with the intention of moving that to more like 4 times a month. I haven't noticed any odd effects. Because I've been eating a veg diet for so long, it has been more a matter of getting my head around eating fish and what that means to me.
  21. Actually, this has all been very helpful! Thanks for taking the time :001_smile:
  22. Who is the teacher for this class? Also, can you ask your son about the research paper? Just wondering what's up with the books from the 1600-1800s that are in the syllabus. Says there are 2 research papers based on these books. Thanks!
  23. Just checking to see if anyone on here has a child who has taken the WTMA chemistry class? Any reviews of the instructor? The reading material? The workload? The syllabus has a couple of books assigned that look kind of... challenging... :ohmy: Just curious.. TIA Laura
  24. It isn't just goofiness that he's encountered this year (although he's had some of that too, and yeah... sometimes it comes from the kid who is 15/16 yrs old :001_smile: ). But more about the kinds of questions and comments the younger kids make. I don't think they aren't trying, and I can overhear genuine curiosity about the subject. But often the questions/comments are those that would obviously come from a child who just doesn't have the kind of more 'mature' thought processes that a kid who is 4 years older might. I totally get a younger kid sometimes being academically ahead-- my 21 yr old was like that too. But when he was 11, he thought like an 11 year old. He had academic interests that were different than maybe an average 11 yr old-- but in the end, he was only 11 and he couldn't always keep up with teens who had a few years on him.
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