swellmomma Posted January 18, 2012 Share Posted January 18, 2012 :party: I am so excited for ds8. We were told by the SLP, OT and VT to stop all reading and writing instruction until we dealt with some of ds8's other vision issues. He has multiple LD dealing with his vision, processing, and language skills. He is 8.5 now and very very much wanted to read but these issues were holding him back. I complied with their wishes, BUT they never said anything specific about spelling so I start AAS1 with him. We are on step 5 now, going slowly but he started to get confidence in his abilities. THen last week we discovered the movie maker feature on Webkinz. He has spent hours each day writing scripts for his characters. This is the best thing I have seen for him. It will not allow mispelled words, crass words etc. If a word is correct/allowable it turns blue if not ir stays red until a child fixes it. He has come back and forth asking how to spell a word, small words I recite and he keeps repeating it outloud all the way back to the computer to enter it, bigger words I write down. Last night I decided to do a review lesson out of OPGTR despite the SLP/OT/VT. It was a lesson we had already done so I didn't count it as teaching him ;) Anyway he breezed through it and the next 2 which were new material (mostly to prove me wrong because I was teasing him saying he couldn't do it). He then picked up a Deigo level 1 reader we got from the library and read most of it to me outloud. He is not fluent yet, and still sounds things out but it is not as stilted as even bob books were a month or 2 ago. He was so proud of himself he was strutting around all puffed up. Last night as a reward I let him take a flashlight and books to bed. Everytime I walked past his room I could hear him sounding out the words and reading outloud to himself. I think it is time to plan his official "I can read" party even if he is not fluent yet, with his multiple LD that could be a long way off and I want to celebrate and encourage this sooner. I am so excited for him. ANd much relieved. I have been worried about his abilties, and had been told by all the professionals we have been working with that we may never get him totally literate which I "knew" would not be the case but still that nagging in the back of my head was bothersome (I had been told in the past my oldest would never succeed, that he was unteachable etc and have proven that wrong so I knew I could do so with him too). I am also glad I can finally get my mother off my back. SHe doesn't "get" LD and was on my case constantly for not teaching him, blaming hsing etc rather than accepting that he has LD. He is still going to have to continue with SLP/OT/VT to work with the issues still going on, but this was a relief. TOday he read his own math instructions on the worksheet. Normally I have to read all instructions etc to him so he knows what to do in each section of each subject. Okay so the most important part of this post. If you were planning an "I can read" party to celebrate this accomplishment, Especially with a child that others were not sure would ever learn to read and who has struggled with it so much, what would you include? He has requested a cake so that is easy, they make a Lighting McQueen one at walmart for cheap that he has wanted for a long time. I plan on buying him a clip on light for his bed (he is on the top bunk) and a new book as a celebration present. But what else to include. THis is just for us not a huge party but I want to have him truly revel in it and celebrate with us for all of his hard work. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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