Well I was home today. I had the worst head cold. I don’t usually stay home for that kind of stuff but my eyes were swollen and watery. Plus Wesley has been complaining about his eyes hurting him this weekend so I took him to the eye doctor.
He was so good! He thought it was like school because he was being asked to name then letters. LOL he’s say “T. T says Tah” Turns out he has perfect vision, his eyes are a little dry and that’s whats bugging him.
So instead of spending the morning with his ABA tutor, he spent it with me. He asked to do “words” a million times. “Words” usually means a mixture of flashcards. Right now he knows his time when it comes to hours and half hours, and today I introduced 15 mins. We are also working on some basic sight words, organs, sea creatures and musical instruments. I still don’t see how he can tell the difference between a oboe and a clarinet but he can lol.
To end the day after I got some meds, I was making dinner and he was demanding some attention lol. So I pulled out our “Handwriting without Tears” wooden pieces and he did those at the kitchen table while I cooked.
I’m still waiting for my Tweedlewinks DVD’s and Themes to Remember Cd and book to come in… I’m so excited. I’d really like to order “Your Child Can Read” and this other Math program another mom recommended but I have to pace myself. LOL don’t want to go broke 🙂
How to Teach Your Preschooler the Days of the Week
Well I just counted out all Wesley’s retired flashcards that he has shown me he can read 90% of the time(other 10% he’s not focusing)and we are at 195 words!!! That’s not bad for just really starting just 4 months ago!
Some of these words he has learned were the days of the week. While its great to be able to read the words, I wanted him to learn in what order they go in. So Mr Wesley is also learning to sort the days of the week.
The first step is using the Doman method in the book “How to Teach Your Baby to Read (The Gentle Revolution Series)“, and teach your child how to read the days of the week.
I start with Monday Tuesday and Wednesday. I mix them up and asked him to sort them in order.
After 2 days I added Thursday. We did this for 3 days before we added the next one because I found that unless Wesley was really focusing he often mixed up Tuesday and Thursday.
Today I felt he was ready to add in Friday. Of course he was able to sort them no problem. He made mistake here and there when he was rushing, but when paying attention got it right away.
LOL then he asked me were Saturday was. So in regular Doman style, I stopped when he still wanted more and told him we will introduce Saturday tomorrow 🙂
I also played the “Days of the Week”, found on this CD Learning Is Fun every day in the car on our way to daycare.
I’m hoping that our next step will be the months of the year.
Share with me how you teach your children the days of the week!
Well all of our hard work with BrillKids Little Reader is paying off! Wesley read his first book almost independent. He even read a new word without being taught it. Mind you this is a very simple book “The cat sees me… The dog sees me…etc.” BUT even so this is his first book, he was reading the words by himself, and he had never read the story before. I’m so proud of him.
Just decided to try and see what would happen…
I had these books ready but never showed them to him. We had our parent tutor overlap today. This is where his ABA Senior Tutor and I have a meeting. She goes sits down and goes over the programs I am running with Wes to make sure I am running them correctly. This is also a time for me to ask her any questions I might have. Today she just suggested we just try these new books and see how well it goes.
Well he read about 85% independently. His senior was just jumping with joy, saying “I can’t believe this, I mean he’s only four!” “You have to bring this book to the next clinic meeting so we can show Rene(his ABA consultant), he’s not going to believe me when i tell him this.” Needless to say, I was so proud of him.
This goes to prove what an amazing product BrilKid’s Little Reader program is. If a busy mom who works full time can teach her child to read before Kindergarten, anyone can with this program.
Another thing he has learned this week is his days of the week!! It is so cute to hear him recite them to me. To help him learn we have been using the CD Learning Is Fun by Hesita.
I love this product. The songs are simple but help kids learn. Right now we are focused on the cementing the days of the week in our head. Repetition does wonders for our minds. Were also learning our months of the years, and countries and continents.
The company I purchased it from is great too. One of the two discs only plays when it feels like it. So I emailed and explained my problem and they called me back in 5 mins. No joke it was that fast. They originally wanted me to send the product back but when they found out I was from Canada, they said to nevermind that part because shipping would be so much. So they are sending me a replacement disc.(Update: the company has now changed hands since I last wrote this, I suggest looking for these CDs by Hestia on Amazon.com)
Please don’t leave teaching your child to read to the teachers. Don’t miss out on this awesome and rewarding time with your child.
My son has been gluten-free since he was 2.5 years old. What is gluten? Why did I choose to remove it from my son’s diet?
In 2005 I had a beautiful little boy. As he grew older he started sending us red flags. I always imagined myself teaching my son so many things. However, he was a difficult baby. Always throwing up, screaming, and crying all hours of the night.
We tried everything, from Ovol gas drops to chiropractic. They both helped him with the stomach pains but something was still off. He was in and out of the doctor’s office, he had a chronic cough, runny nose, and was on and off antibiotics.
When I first switched my son from breastmilk to formula and started to notice the difference in him I ask the doctor if he could be allergic to milk. His response was “No the chances of that were one in a million, Milk allergies are so rare. So I believed him and for months we had these issues. I was a young mom having had Wesley one month after turning 20. Prior I had no real experience with babies.
I was a straight edge parent, following everything the doctor said to the tee. But things were not right and milestones were not being hit. Wes was not crawling at the same time others his age were. He sat there all the time and stared into space.
Finally, after one day when Wes was 11 months old, I noticed mucous in his diaper. That was it, I called around the city and finally booked an appointment with a pediatrician.
Our new doctor immediately sent a referral for Wes to go for allergy testing. After waiting for 4 months to get into the specialist we got a call.
A few weeks later I held my little boy down while they marked his chubby arms with little a pen. They made marks to match a little grid with all the possible allergens on a paper.
Then they started scratching those pen marks with little needles. As he screamed they wrapped his arm up in a paper towel and taped it. I was instructed that it would take about 15 minutes for the results to be available.
He screamed and screamed, finally I opened the door and asked the nurse if this was normal. She told me some kids have a harder time than others. So I tried cuddling and rocking him and nothing seemed to help.
My last resort, I reached into my diaper bag and pulled out a sippy cup of milk. This settled him, just in time. The nurse came back and removed the paper towel. She said he seems to have a reaction to the one item, the milk. I looked down at my baby’s tear-stained face and he sucked back the white poison.
The doctor diagnosed Wesley with a milk allergy and we were sent on our way. No instructions, no guidance, nothing. They never gave us a paper that told us what all the secret words like whey and casein. Just sent on our way to figure it out.
I drove us to the local public health nurse clinic where I knew several of the nurses from our Healthy Baby group we attended till I went back to work. She called in the nutritionist and we came up with a game plan.
Do you know what happened next? A few days later my clumsy crawler stood up and walked for the first time at 15 months old.
Wesley started developing language well and at 18 months had about 15 words he used regularly. Then we went for our 18-month check-up and that’s when things went downhill. At the visit, they gave him his regularly scheduled vaccine, and that night he had a terrible fever. Poof! He stopped using the words he once did.
I started thinking about removing gluten from my son’s diet after reading Jenny McCarthy’s book “Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism” when he was 2.
Gluten is the protein found in wheat. Similar proteins are also found in rye, barley, and possibly oats. At this time I was in denial. It was apparent he was language delayed. But I refused to believe he had autism. But deep down I think I knew.
It wasn’t until that terrible day in January 2008 when Wesley was diagnosed with autism did I revisit the idea of removing the gluten. A month later we visited a naturopathic doctor. She also had me remove gluten and soy from his diet.
It wasn’t easy. Gluten can be addicting to some children. Wesley went through a withdrawal period, where his behaviors went through the roof. But after the rough stage, things did get better.
His speech started to improve. He started adding in little phrases, seemed happier. Another thing is we were able to start potty training him because his digestive system started to work right.
Basically what was happening to my son was that gluten was affecting the lining of the intestinal wall and large particles of food were getting into his bloodstream and affecting the brain. The body was then sending out antibodies to fight the particles. This was causing my son little body to go into overload.
You can see a MAJOR change in his attention to detail, and if he accidentally has something that has gluten in it he does act up and has trouble concentrating. One day we will try to reintroduce it, but for now, he’s doing great.
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Welcome to the life of an ABA Family.
We found out today off the record from a source that our tutor might be leaving us. The centre that hired her promised her a certain wage after for 3 months, and in the end after a amazing review gave her a an insulting 26 cent raise. So she was depending on making more and now may not be able to afford to keep working with the company or with Wesley.
I told them his dad and I are prepared to offer her the 2 dollars an hour more out of our pockets. But really the centre should honor there promise.
Frustrating Beyond Belief
Its so darn frustrating for our family. Previously before we had a terrible tutor who fell asleep on a public bus and a public park during a field trip while supervising Wesley. Her lack of commitment and motivation cost Wesley 3 months of a 3 year program while they trained her replacement. We can’t afford to waste another 3 months.
I’m at wits end. This is unbelievably fair to my son. Plus Wesley is running so many program, it would be so hard for a new tutor to jump in and keep up to him 🙁
So once she announces this is what she is thinking, my ex and I(hopefully our consultant too) are going to the CEO of the company and were going to fight to keep her.
The person we heard this from told me this doesn’t think she would accept the money from us, but I don’t know I have to figure something out…