My son Dakota has High Functioning Autism. Most of you who follow me already know that. This year I decided to homeschool my son considering how stressed he was at school. Yes the school did try to be creative and they really did try to accomodate him. However it just wasn’t enough to rid the stress and anxiety of being at school.
I have been really proud of Dakota as I have noticed a lot of exceptional gains he has made since we started homeschooling. One of them is in spelling. Last year he was given 5 words and he could never spell those 5 words. This year he gets 10 words and is on a second grade level and by the end of the week can spell them all. I am really proud of him for that. Math he is on a 2nd grade level at the moment. However we are stuck on simple subtraction. I thought we should move on to the double digits for addition and subtraction but since he hasn’t mastered the subtraction I went and bought him a book on subtraction and subtraction bingo. He was so excited when he saw the subtraction bingo. He says we did this in school and I like it. So I was happy. He has to use a chart with subtraction. With the addition he uses touch point and his answers have been right so we shall see.
Now in Language I had to drop down to a first grade level because he wasn’t making connections. For example with the sentences he knows there is a capital letter and a period at the end but he doesn’t get how to put them in. So to build his confidence I dropped a level and figured we would take it slow. It really built his confidence and so far he is able to read the sentences and put words in them to make them complete.
Science we have been watching the Disneynature videos but are going back to finish up our bats unit. In Social Studies we are still working on Ancient Egypt. He is going to be making an amulet. So this is really going to be fun today.
Now for the step backwards, I noticed that his fine motor skills are regressing. It’s not him acting out they just are regressing. My son has always had fine motor issues especially when it came to writing. When he writes he writes HUGE. When we did the Bats at Sunset art project he had a really hard time just gripping the sponges to dab the paper with paint. So it’s back to the Doctor for a referal for OT. Hopefully he will be approved for that as he really needs it.
We are going to work on a few of these to build his fine motor:
- coloring, painting and writing (however I am still going to try to get him used to typing so I will be looking for a typing program)
- putting small objects together
- pinching objects between his fingers
Your probably thinking why. Well all these strengthen the muscles for him to be able to function with fine motor.
Along with all these gains he not as stressed so I noticed him being more social. Which is a plus as it’s really hard for him to be social. So overall I am really happy with all the gains and even the step backwards is OK because we can work on it and go forward.