Archive for the ‘Special-Needs’ Category


Spring is here – time to think of the new!

April 27, 2012

Ok, spring has been here for a while now. 😛

I have started my thinking on the upcoming “school-year” in the past few weeks. So far, it isn’t nearly as involved, planning-wise, as last year because most of it is continuation of what we are doing.

Things we will be continuing:
Singapore Primary Math with Mr E, and possibly starting Singapore Math Essentials with Mr A.
Rex Barks for grammar.
Mind Benders logic puzzles.
– Spanish
– SOTW 1 and 2 when we get to it

Things we may be doing differently or adding:
– Latin
Mavis Beacon typing
– Chemistry and Physics
– I am currently undecided about English. I may have him continue with Spectrum, or I may have him start using First Language Lessons or Writing With Ease.
– Mr A will continue working through sounding things out, and pre-writing skills

In other news, Mr E has started speech therapy, finally. It is going great! He already recognizes when he slips up and uses the “F” sound instead of “TH”, and his therapist is pleased with his progress!


…and the ADHD Monster reared its head.

September 14, 2011

Today’s mantra was “E, math.”
I must have said that to him to redirect his attention 2,165,327 times. He also required several short breaks because his distraction level was so high.
It was almost comical.
Such is the way, sometimes… oftentimes… for those with ADHD.
He got through it brilliantly, though! He was so proud of himself (and I was proud of him too)!
He explained that his distraction was like a foe with a sword, and he raised up his sword to fight off the Distraction, and won! Absolutely brilliant, that sweet boy.
Everyone should have a magical sword of distraction slaying!


Our First “Week” of School So Far

September 2, 2011

We started our “schooling” partially last week. Partially because I still haven’t received everything that I ordered for the year.
I have a nice little schedule thing written down, but it is already readily apparent that I need to reorganize our day. I’m sort of in an “uhm… at a loss” moment with re-planning our schedule. We do need one though, or some sort of guideline for our day, as myself and my nine year old both have severe ADHD and the structured routine is needed.
We had a really baaad day two days ago, but we recovered, and the past two days have been pretty productive.
Also, I have decided that he actually has a problem subject, which is writing (not handwriting, that’s a different, already known, problem). I think it has to do with his Asperger’s and how he sees the world. His writing is very… “I went to the store. Then I went home and ate lunch. I liked my day.” detail as well as emotional context are beyond him at this point, and writing that much is a struggle for him. Its kind of hard for me to understand as this area has always been one of my strong, easy areas, so I am sure I’m lacking some perspective as well. Its something I need to figure out though, so I can help him “get it” eventually.
I have a lot planned for us, and we have only managed to get through half of it each day so far! So, once again… scheduling! I am not a scheduling expert, it is a hard concept for me to get right, as my frame of reference with time is pretty immature (again, the ADHD). My concept of how long something should take is almost always off in one direction or the other.
My four year old is having fun with his “school”, which is basically coloring, drawing and playing concentration when he wants while his brother does what he needs to do. He also likes to do the Spanish flashcards we have with his brother, so that’s awesome!
Overall, it has been going pretty well!


Belated International Mud Day

July 13, 2011

June 29, 2011 was International Mud Day, which we unfortunately missed. However, we celebrated this past weekend! Four of my kids celebrated the mud.

The Waterfall

My eldest daughter designated herself The Waterfall

My eldest daughter designated herself the bearer of water, and created rivers and waterfalls (basically, in charge of the hose).

At first, my son with SPD refused to touch the mud, and used a stick

Sensory Processing Disorder, “is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses. Pioneering occupational therapist and neuroscientist A. Jean Ayres, PhD, likened SPD to a neurological “traffic jam” that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly. A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks. Motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, school failure, and other impacts may result if the disorder is not treated effectively.” (sinetwork)

Eventually, he was willing to touch the mud, and discovered that he absolutely LOVED it!

My brave son = 1, SPD = 0

We really had so much fun!

Mud was explored by all

They made Mud Pies, cakes, a fabulous Mud Volcano and a glorious muddy mess.

My middle son's Mud Pie

My youngest's Mud Pie

More mud fun

The Great Mud Volcano

I am looking forward to more Mud Day fun next year. Sharing the exploration of nature and science, hands-on with the littles is so much fun! Watching them see things for the “first” time is one of my very favorite things. There are lots of projects and activities that can be done in the name of Mud Exploration.


The Little Monster: Growing Up With ADHD

July 12, 2011

The Little Monster: Growing Up With ADHDThe Little Monster: Growing Up With ADHD by Robert Jergen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

If I could, I would give this book 2.5 stars, as it is better than “it was ok” but not in the realm of “I liked it”.

Many times, I honestly wanted to throw this book out the window, and quit reading it. However, I forced myself to finish it, partly because I wondered if it would get better. I realize that the author has written an autobiography, but even still, it seemed a bit egocentric. Also, I found this book was written in a manner that was akin to high school level writing.

In my opinion, the author seems to have the assumption that all individuals with ADHD have the same mannerisms, faults and behaviors. Although, much of his descriptions of how it is to live in an ADHD mind are accurate, these assumptions are not what every individual with ADHD experiences. The author takes his experiences of ADHD and, many times, states that this is what occurs for “all” people with ADHD.

For those looking for a book that accurately describes the first hand experience of ADHD, this book is informative. However, there are better books out there that do a much better job, in my opinion.

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Homeschooling Children with Special Needs

June 29, 2011

Home Schooling Children with Special Needs (3rd Edition)Home Schooling Children with Special Needs by Sharon Hensley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There is a Christian slant to this book, however that does not detract from its usefulness and resources.

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Special-Needs Kids Eat Right

June 29, 2011

Special-Needs Kids Eat RightSpecial-Needs Kids Eat Right by Judy Converse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is an incredible resource. There is not a single paragraph wasted.

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