Sunday, 31 July 2011

Autism - Time Doesn't Heal Wounds

I have noticed that Owen has an amazingly detailed memory of things that happened a long time ago.  In many ways this is a strength but it also makes it hard for him to recover from more unpleasant experiences  and painful episodes from some time ago bring up the rawest of emotions.

Autistic children and people can have a superior memory to neuro-typical people.  This may be an advantage in some ways as time will not steal experiences.  However, it is much harder for Owen to open himself  to new relationships if he can't heal from past ones. How can he face his fears, knowing that the memory of what scares him will never fade?

Friday, 22 July 2011

Mark Gives Hula Hoop Lessons!



Mark teaches us to Hula Hoop!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Legoland July 2011



Lots of skills developed including planning, map reading, problem solving, construction and fine and gross motor skill developement!

Monday, 18 July 2011

Lambeth Country Show 2011



We sell our children’s clothes at lots of markets and fairs. Owen and Anya both enjoy helping to make the signs and then serve the customers on our stall. It is a great chance for them to develop their confidence serving customer and practice their mental arithmetic’s. In addition, the Country Show is a fabulous mix of culture, food, entertainment and fun.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Fisher Farm

Fishers Farm Park is the top, award-winning family visitor attraction located in Wisborough Green on the edge of the South Downs National Park, in the heart of the West Sussex countryside. 








Tuesday, 5 July 2011

The Power of Autonomous Learning

We have been moving more towards an autonomous unschooled approach to our education.  The change in direction has been influenced by studying the many and varied books and articles written by a variety of authors including John Holt, Roland Meighan, Jan Fortune-Wood, John Taylor Gatto, Linda Dobson, Ken Robinson.  However, the main reason for our move towards autonomous education is the astounding improvement in Owen's reading as a result of his interest in Roblox and subsequent online chatting.  Both his reading and spelling have improved so significantly that he has even started to watch subtitles Manga cartoons.  His improvement in reading and spelling as a result of online chatting out ways any of my attempts to improve his spelling with Wordshark or the books aimed to match interest and reading levels.   His improvement in reading and spelling is down to his obsessive interest in Roblox and endless game designing and online conversation.  I simply allow him the time in indulge in this interest.