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30 Days Wild 2017

Love, love, love, this initiative from The Dorset Wildlife Trust  dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

They send you a calendar, stickers etc and challenge you to do 30 acts of random wildness in June! So far we have rescued a bumble bee that got stunned by heavy rain and collected sycamore “helicopters” to revise seed dispersal, and to dry out for some fun later. It can be something as small as this, or much bigger like a nature walk identifying the plants and insects on their challenge sheet for example. Use your imagination. Make up your own chart and challenges. Have some fun in the big outdoors.

Raining again this morning, so we researched St Johns Wort, to identify out and about later. Tomorrow we are going to plant some seeds and go on a river walk. @30 Days Wild.

 

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Flexi Schooling. Does it work?

So our ASD son is now 12 going on 18, and is about to embark on the Summer Term of his Secondary School career where we have been flexi schooling him. Has it worked?

 

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Well, reader, it has!  You might remember that we embarked on this road with no small degree of trepidation. The Secondary School seemed enormously supportive, but previous experience had led us to discover that, outward appearances can be deceptive. Continue reading

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The Horse Course

file000978822164 (4)I cannot rave highly enough about this course, which our son was lucky enough to gain a place on via a social services referral.The course involves working with the horses to gain their trust, and understanding and empathising with them to enable them to do certain movements and tackle obstacles. The website explains all this much better than I am doing. http://www.thehorsecourse.org It is designed to help children and adults with additional needs such as ASD and has had a hugely beneficial effect on those who take part.

Watching my child working with these beautiful animals in a very calm environment was a wonderful thing. He had not worked with horses before, but quickly learned to interpret their body language and respond appropriately. He gained hugely in confidence in the week, and gained empathy and  better understanding of how others display emotion, and how to respond to this. His self-regulation improved, along with his focus and posture.

He also gained a certificate in horsemanship, for which he had to be videoed and tested. He took this totally in his stride, whereas normally any reference to tests would have had him tearful and refusing to take part.

A huge thank you again to those who work at the project, which I believe is now rolling out to other parts of the country.

 

 

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30 Days Wild!

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Can’t believe it’s nearly the end of 30 Days Wild!

We have been following the Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild Campaign, and despite the seemingly never ending rain this month have managed to pack in a great range of activities and had a lot of fun along the way. It’s not too late to join in, or  why not extend the challenge into July?!

As well as bike rides and bird spotting, we have done archery, fishing, and been learning how to strim, and mow the lawn – can’t recommend this one highly enough! We also dog sat for a day and did some new doggie walks!

What Random Acts of Wildness have you been up to/ want to try? #Stay Wild

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Help my special needs child wont read!

Spring - Autumn 2012 312This was us, head in hands, for many many many years! Not only that, but books given as presents remained unopened, rudely rejected, and school reading was a constant battle.

But not anymore. Why not? Because we have finally cottoned onto the fact that non fiction of a certain genre is irresistable to our son. What is it, I hear you shout. Once again I feel I should stick my head in my hands, but no, my child is reading happily and prepared to do the unthinkable, “silent reading”. My friends, our son, along with many of your children out there, loves MINECRAFT. In fact love is not a strong enough word! My sister in law sent the Diary of a Minecraft Zombie for Xmas and when it was eventually opened there was less of the usual hoo- ha.

Presented with it in reading time our son started tentatively, but was soon laughing… yes laughing, and pointing out all the funny, and even ironic bits! Instead of being flawed by difficult words he takes them in his stride, and I have to ask him to stop and bookmark at the end of reading time.

Needless to say I have developed strong feelings of affection for the author, even though we have never met. We are now on Book 6 in the series of many, and long may they continue!

I do not tell you this to promote Minecraft or Minecraft books, and I do realise that they are not on any syllabus, (yet!), or necessarily in the same league as Shakespeare or Michael Morpurgo. However, I do strongly recommend  finding books that are connected to your childs special interests if you too have a reluctant reader.

Miracles do happen. I have seen one!