Books – Weds 6th April 2016

By | April 6, 2016

Books, oh thank goodness for books and D’s love of them.  They saved my proverbial bacon today.

We had another dentist appointment today for me, but D approached it so differently, due to the many factors differing from yesterday.

It was intermittently raining and windy, not the best environment to be walking in, the appointment was much later in the day and therefore the prectinct was much, much busier.  She did not like it.

As we had time to spare, I thought the library would be a calmer environment for her and it was…once we passed the hoardes of teenagers riding their skateboards and generally trying to outshout each other.  Not a problem with that, live and let live etc, just not outside a library.  It affected D big time and I couldn’t give a stuff had they giggled as we walked past hand in hand, my priority will always be my children.  

Once inside, the quieter, calmer environment worked and she very happily chose some books:

And that worked very well, she did brilliantly in the dentists.

A quick measure to see if she was as tall as the Playmobil character outside the magazine shop and we were on our way:

Here’s her library books, unlike T (who likes his books and magazines to be pristine and could not bear to read a book that someone else had), D really enjoys choosing a book, or five!

I hope that D will remember the gentle environment of the library and that we can use it as a “bolthole” again in the future.

Looking at D reading brings me to tonight’s revisited post, which is about how she came to read, in her own way, in her own time.

“Reading – is there a right way?

When D was diagnosed with autism & associated issues at 4.5 years old (just over 3.5 – now 7 – years ago), we did not know what to expect in terms of her academic skills.

We were handed some leaflets, told about a support group – the details of which never registered because we were both crying – and basically left to it.

I took her back to mainstream nursery the next day & then the meetings started re getting her assistance at school (that will be another blog topic).

D was still expected to learn to read phonetically, the mainstream way and, as in any nursery, we had books to take home and read. Of course we were already reading to her at home, the house is FULL of books, I always think you can never have too many books. Knowledge is power etc.

Then the issues started, D would not read phonetically and would not attempt to sound out words. Same with writing, if you spelt out her name it had to be a hard “D” and definitely not a “du” sound. Which didn’t go down well with nursery/reception class.

I tried not to worry, unlike NT children there is not a “your child should be writing their name by..”, “your child should be reading level.. by age..”. That doesn’t & shouldn’t exist with autistic children, each child has differing abilities.

About a year ago, I did notice that she would memorise the words and in a lot of cases, you only had to tell her the word once and that was it, imprinted in her brain.

The one thing that really helped – apart from being extremely patient – was buying her a Vtech Storio. This has many activities but the one that really worked for D was that it highlighted the words as it read them aloud – all very visual.

She has come along with her reading so much in the last year, I would really recommend the Storio. The first time she read me one of her bedtime stories was a proud tear-inducing moment.

I now have to be careful what I text or tweet because if she’s next to me and in the right frame of mind, she will read it (no more arguing with Hubbie by text!)

It’s almost like Field of Dreams “build it and they will come”.”

We’ve since lent out our Storio and it’s helping another child at her SN school.  

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