|Morning Math Work from 10-27 and 4-27... 2 grade levels difference|
Here are some other updates on how far he has come in just 6 months:
Then: I would have to help him shower, get dressed, brush his teeth, put on his deodorant. We had a list and followed it faithfully so he understood good personal grooming habits.
Now: At 8:45 on the dot, he disappears down the hall, does all of the above by himself, reappears at 9:00 totally clean and ready for yoga! Unbelievable change from 6 months ago - life changing for the both of us.
Now: He leads our practice every morning for 20 full minutes and we add new things weekly - this week was a headstand! We also go to an hour long class at a studio in Alexandria with other homeschooled teenagers with special needs.
Then: Handwriting sheet, simple math and language arts sheet, outloud reading of Lyle or Big Nate (picture book and comic book level) at the dining room table http://homeschoolingautism.blogspot.com/2011/11/daily-schedule.html
Now: 10 minute Bible reading & devotional time with prayer followed by 20 minutes of outloud chapter book reading (Fantastic Mr. Fox and Frindle recently) - all on the comfy couch instead of at the table.
Shopping / CBI
Then: We ran errands or visited local attractions every morning, but he needed his iPod to help him stay focused and calm while we were out and about. http://homeschoolingautism.blogspot.com/2011/11/freedom-from-four-white-walls.html
Now: At 10:00, he jumps in the car, iPod free and raring to go out and see his friends around town...Yasouke and Marcus at Trader Joes, Saba at Harris Teeter and the gang at Starbucks are always psyched to see him!
Then: Basic, basic, basic reading and writing. He was relatively combative regarding his work and struggled in so many areas. It was clear that he hated all things language arts and we muddled through most of our lessons. There were some big breakthrough along the way, which helped keeps us both encouraged. http://homeschoolingautism.blogspot.com/2011/12/unexpected-reading-breakthroughs.html
Now: We begin each language arts block working on reading stamina in the form of audio books...this has been a great way to help him transition into harder work. He is currently reading Harry Potter and the Socerer's Stone. Once he is in the reading zone, we move to 3rd grade level comprehension level work which he can now do without much trouble. His spelling continues to be amazing and he even enjoys his daily handwriting practice.
I am so proud of how far he has come in the last 6 months! He has overcome a lot of obstacles and challenges that many thought were insurmountable! He exudes self-confidence and genuine happiness that is contagious to all those around him.
I am excited to see what the next 6 months bring and can't wait to watch him grow into the man that God has planned!