What Books Can Do

I am amazed at how verbal Daniel has become lately, he isn’t just verbal, he is constructing sentences that are expressing exactly what he feels or is thinking. For instance, last night I was unaware that he was acting like a cat because he had been in the shower, so while I was helping him get dressed, he said “I am done being a cat, I am just being Daniel”. Or like this morning, he came up to me and said “I want the gate down, I want to play drawing game on the computer.” It is just fantastic! He has been saying a lot more things too, I just can’t remember them all right now, but it is so awesome. These things may not seem like a big deal to some, but there was a time that I could count how many words Daniel said in a day. So it is a pretty big deal that I cannot remember everything he is saying, parents with children on the autism spectrum, that have been non-verbal or are, know that this is beyond expression.

I am very excited to see what he does next.

This leads me to what I think has been huge helps for him, the homeschooling that we have done and the many books that have played a role in helping me mesh a plan for us as family. I believe all the different factors have made life for Daniel much better and he seems a lot more happy and he is definitely more involved. Before I list the other books that I have been reading, I want to share another experience. I have always read to the kids and for a while I felt that I did not read enough, so last month I decided to start a monthly calendar tally of the new books we read, not the re-reads they don’t count, and every day we put the number of new books we have read on it. Then at the end of the week we see our total and at the end of the month we see our grand total.

I found a take home sheet from a school for parents to be more involved with their child, they suggested 5 books a month.

You have got to be kidding me! Five books a month, I thought to myself, I read that in a day if not more. I know I am a home school mom, so I have more time than other parents but still only five a month, that seemed to be very little to me. That is what prompted me to make a monthly calendar, I wanted to see what we average on our new book reading spectrum. Last month we read 62 new books, not including the re-reads, with the re-reads we were well over a 100. This month so far we are at 52 new books. We have already jumped up because the kids love this. So we are reading new books and doing activities along with the books and making up our own stories, talking about the characters, we are all really getting into this and I think that has helped Daniel want to be more involved in all of this as well. Not to mention giving them larger vocabulary to add to their repertoire, Daniel has increased verbally since I started this. The difference is that I got them actively involved in the book picking and activity process. Before I was telling them what we were doing, now we all participate.

I just thought it was interesting and I plan on continuing my experiment to see if it is just a word spurt or if Daniel truly has decided to take on a more verbal role. We’ll see. :-)

Here are some great resources I have been reading.

http://www.amazon.com/Color-Autism-Toni-Flowers/dp/1885477570/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271072662&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/OASIS-Guide-Asperger-Syndrome-Inspiration/dp/1400081521/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271085676&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Books-Grow-Childrens-Everyday-Challenges/dp/0974802573/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271085896&sr=1-1

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