Welcome

Welcome to my page.

Who am I?
I am a mother of a son who has been diagnosed with Autism. In this journal I am planning to share my teaching experience with my son.

Am I homeschooling my son?
Yes, I am.

Am I trained to teach my son?
No, I am not trained with any formal certification.

How am I teaching my son?
First, I have taken out one thing from my mind. That is my son is a special need kid. I treat him as a child without any labels. That makes it easy to teach him.

What I am teaching him at home?
Things that interests him.
Things that he can do.
Things I know he will be able to do.
Things which are the next logical step to whatever he is doing.

Am I setting goals for him at home?
Yes. I set goals for him to work with him.

How am I setting goals?
Based on his needs and interests.

How am I preparing myself to teach him?
By reading books, attending workshops, joining in various forums.

Am I following any method?
I believe the methods are for “me” to understand the condition of my son and to prepare myself. I try to understand ABA, TEACCH, Hanen, RPM etc. to increase my awareness about autism and the possible approaches to train. But while working with my son I try not to fit him within the constraints of one method.

Then how am I teaching him?

I prepare customized materials based on the goals taken. We use iPad, educational video, online resources to achieve his goals.

Am I happy with the way of our learning?
Yes. I am happy about his progress.

Is there any advantage?
Yes, as I primarily rely on alternate learning, there is no commuting. I find plenty of time to focus on ADL without any rush. No follow-ups for therapy appointments etc. No after school meltdowns.

Is there any disadvantage?
Yes, socialization.
Also, if we are stuck somewhere in our goals, searching for guidance or an external review does take a long time.
Customizing materials and teach aids takes time. Sometimes I feel lonely as nobody is there to vent out.

What is the purpose of this page?
To document and share our learning path. It will help all of us and our future generation.

Please reach me out through autism.india@yahoo.co.in with details of your contact if you are a professional/institution

Looking forward to parents who want to share their experience as well.

Some thoughts on how to use the contents of this page:
In this page, I am only sharing my experience or other parent's experiences. These are not therapy suggestions. The materials published here are all mostly relevant from the perspective of my son. Every child is unique and you may have to discover what works for your kid. I am not promoting any specific teaching method and will recommend a mix and match of methods for any kid

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Good Training Material -Sight word readers

It is always a struggle to find new materials to develop the skills of our kids. Today I came across a site which will help our kids in reading. I sincerely appreciate and thank the mother/teacher Anna who did this wonderful documentation of these materials.  She has provided lots off freebies to download and use. Though this website is for all kids, I felt it would benefit kids with Autism like my son immensely. This is my review and introduction to this site.

The website name is http://www.themeasuredmom.com. I love the way the "Sight word Readers"(Sight words means frequently used English Words) material have been designed which tempted me to download it immediately. This can be download from the following link "http://www.themeasuredmom.com/free-emergent-readers".

Today my son can already read a full page of text. But he is unable to understand and comprehend the meaning.

This website gives beautiful materials to cross this stage by focusing on Sight words.  The author has designed the material in a very simple way for the kids to understand the meaning of the words along with lovely cartoon images.

Below picture shows some of the downloaded topics from this site which I have printed and made into small booklets.


The below topic is about vehicles with two sight words "the" and "See".


Below pictures show another topic with Dinosaur using sight words a, see, at, can, you, for, is, go , the , look, at, you, it, big, up and little.

 

I like the way the complexity has been increased gradually for the materials which helps the beginning readers like my son. I expect this material is not only going to help my son in reading fluency but also going to help my son's  Comprehension skill.

Hope this helps you in your material preparation to help your kids.

Talking in Sentences

My son's communication today is primarily in single words e.g. he will look at me and say "water", "lunch", "sleep" etc. If he wants to communicate  a set of ideas, instead of using a sentence, he will say continuously a bunch of words like "Metro Train", "Tickets", "Escalator". What he is actually trying to say is "Let's go buy tickets and ride in the Metro Train. We will go by escalator". Whenever I make him try to communicate in a sentence(by saying a appropriate sentence when he communicates by a single word), he echoes my sentence at that point of time, but does not actually get it. When he himself initiates the communication, it is always single words only.

He is actually thorough with all the words in the "Dolch's Sight Words" List(This simply refers to the commonly used English Words in reading). This should ideally help him construct a sentence. But till now it has not.

And his another problem is that if I give him a sentence for a context, he will repeat later part of the sentence only. If I say, "Shall we go by Metro Train", he will most likely say, "go by metro train".

First I worried about his comprehension skill, but later I decided to focus on my son's ability to first fluently repeat the sentence.  While attempting this, I repeated same kind of sentences many times, like "I want water", "I want food" etc.. This I thought prevented him from getting different flavors of sentences in day to day usage.  So I searched for some appropriate teaching material and I found some material at schoolsparks.com for sight words. Here is the link

http://www.schoolsparks.com/kindergarten-worksheets/category/dolch-sight-words-flashcards

In this link I found all the sight words.  Here are some samples



They also give sentences for a set of words. Here is one set of sight words and sentences that use them.

Now I am practicing these materials with my son(these materials are free to use). Since these words are simple to use, his abilitiy to read sentences has improved.  And when I give him sentences to repeat during a conversation, his fluency in his repetition has also improved a lot. I think this could be the first step make him communicate in sentence.

Prior to these materials, my son also mastered the sight words through a tablet app as well(this is a paid app). Here is a video link to my son practicing on this app.

This app helps to learn the spelling and pronunciation of sight words easily and in a fun way.  Here is the link to get this app in the IOS

With all these inputs, now his learning of sentences is fast. Hope he will be talking in sentences soon.