Spectrummy Mummy

Asperger's, Allergies, and Adventures Abroad

Wordless Wednesday 20 May 15

leave a comment »

Graffiti SM

Written by Spectrummy Mummy

May 20, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Wordless Wednesday 06 May 2015

leave a comment »

SM Pudding Portrait May 2015

Written by Spectrummy Mummy

May 7, 2015 at 12:59 am

Wordless Wednesday 29 Apr 15

leave a comment »

SMWW-Botanical Gardens Bench

Written by Spectrummy Mummy

April 29, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Wordless Wednesday 08 Apr 15

leave a comment »

Happy Easter!

Written by Spectrummy Mummy

April 9, 2015 at 12:41 am

Wordless Wednesday 01 Apr 15

leave a comment »

Cubby Cake

Written by Spectrummy Mummy

April 1, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Posted in wordless wednesday

Tagged with , , , ,

In Her Own Time

with one comment

We have another milestone, friends. Pudding is learning to tell the time. Pudding had no interest in learning how to tell time for…well, for some considerable time. We’d tried using her special interests, visual timers, crafting our own clocks, workbooks and ordinary telling time books, toys, apps, and any possible thing I could think of.

But it wasn’t her focus. I was looking at seconds, minutes, and hours, and Pudding was more fascinated by days and months. While I was busy in the details, Pudding once again took me by surprise and approached time from another angle.

Last June we met with a new doctor. Pudding asked him his birthday (and will now always remember it), and then she let him know what day it fell on. And then surprised us by knowing every date we asked her. She appears to have an exceptionally accurate mental calendar (and seems equally frustrated that the rest of us don’t!).

So now, days and months not only had meaning, but were meaningful to her. We add our activities to the calendar as much as we can.

But language, as always, was still confusing. As we cuddled in bed at the end of the day, Pudding would ask, “What are we going to do today?”

So’d answer that we would do nothing more today but go to sleep. And tell her what to expect for tomorrow, as much as we ever can.

One day last month, Pudding rose in her early-bird fashion, and reminded us that she was going to a party. Ah yes, I told her, but not yet, not for a long time. Later. At 3 O’Clock. 

And for some reason- that may or may not have to do with delicious birthday cake- this time, she wanted to know more. I’d show her my clock and tell her when the little hand was counting down the hours…8,9,10,11,12,1, then, 2, then time to go.

We found a Hello Kitty watch that happened to have hands with different colours. She wanted to wear it, and would answer when I randomly asked her the time.

This week, Pudding was finding school tougher than usual.  On Monday I collected her earlier, but after that, I asked her aide to use this new tool of time to help her get through the day. I’d remind her that I’d be there at 1, and she could see on her watch how close that would be. Her anxiety dropped away, and she could once again focus on her schoolwork. Not with ease, but with practice.

This incredibly useful tool that gives her more control to navigate her day independently. She doesn’t have the precision yet with telling time that she does with knowing dates, but I know we’ll get there soon. As useful as it is, this isn’t a milestone that could be hurried along the way. But like all the others, we’re getting there in her own time, in her own way. And not a second, minute, or hour before we need to.

Written by Spectrummy Mummy

February 26, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Wordless Wednesday 28 Jan 15

leave a comment »

Siblings

Written by Spectrummy Mummy

January 28, 2015 at 11:18 pm

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,624 other followers