Yesterday I left it very late to work on SSP with Lachy. He was tired and just couldn’t concentrate on any aspect of the program, so instead of the both of us getting frustrated, we simply stopped and promised to work on it again tomorrow. Which we did!
Today, after a yummy breakfast, and some play involving bilateral coordination, and imaginative play where Lachy practices making ‘videos’ where he is coordinating his thoughts and play, while recording himself (very impressive) we continued SSP.
Lachlan loves cars, so we decoded and encoded this story together. He really enjoyed it, and was fully engaged in the story. (Watch Lachy encoding/decoding text).
Lachy needed reminders to decode the words, and he was quite echolalic in repeating the sentences, but I wasn’t getting hung up on that with him at this stage. The purpose of this was to have him listen to the speech sounds, and to be able to say them back to me. This was a definite improvement from yesterday, and the previous day. He really enjoyed this activity from this book, over the readers due to his interest level.
We then looked at the sound pics for the ‘Green Level’ again. Day 2, he forgot half of the pictures and what they represented. He couldn’t maintain focus and would click his tongue a lot when he was trying to think, which in turn was a huge distraction for him. Therefore we stopped.
Today, he got all of them correct, using his duck hands. We also used the hammer and blocks to allow him to hear the sounds, so he could identify his error. However, Lachy was still making the funny ‘ngh’ sound again, but he was aware of this, and was trying to correct himself.
An example of this is p/a/t. Lachy would say p/a/ngh/t. He would say, ‘that’s not right!” and he would attempt to correct it with the hammer and block, still making 4 sounds, yet knowing there were 3. I attempted to reinforce the correct sound by demonstrating with duck hands, then with the block and hammer, and then having him repeat it a few times. (If anyone can offer any other way to help him and myself with this, I am open to suggestions).
We then moved to selecting a couple of the cards and working on duck hands, lines and numbers. Lachlan had made improvements in identifying the picture to the sounds. He was quicker in finding them on the cloud wall, and I have introduced the key ring as another resource.
When Lachy writes, even though we are using RWI, and practice without a pen, and we use the verbal cues e.g. ‘around the apple, up down the leaf’, he is still reversing. We will persist in practicing with the RWI cards as reinforcement. We also made shapes with playdoh and had him trace over the letters on the RWI cards as well.
(In reflection, when we practice the RWI prior to writing, he does a little better, this attempt was completed prior to using the RWI cards).
We looked at some sight words, (well 2 of them to start with. We did ‘a’ and ‘i’ which he had difficulty with, even though they are part of the green level sound pics. This was interesting as we have been going through these, and he doesn’t appear to be making the links? I will continue to look at this as the days progress). Lachy has what I would consider poor working memory. If you show him something, he will have difficulty remembering it a few seconds later. I believe repetition and exposure will support him with this. So, I will make some laminated footprints with picture cues with ‘s’, ‘a’, ‘t’, ‘p’, ‘i’, ‘n’ on it for him to remember as he goes to the toilet.
Lachy will do his brain training video (which he enjoys), and he has taken another step forward in his learning journey.
I would appreciate any input and/or advice as I am eager to learn, and help him and others as much as I possibly can.