Look, Mommy it’s a Door!

When I started taking education classes in college, my teachers stressed the importance of children’s doodles. I believe they called it pre-writing. I was totally bummed when I wasn’t able to entice Liam to write/color/doodle. He wouldn’t color in a coloring book. In my head, I knew that not every child was a writer, nor were they all readers. I would deny it vehemently if an education professional questioned me about my beliefs, “Of course, sir or madam, all children are readers and writers. Their potential just hasn’t been unlocked yet.”

Liam has started “writing” and I couldn’t be happier. After he is done he asks me to help him by drawing aspects that he deems that he is unable to draw and needs to complete the drawing.

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I drew the details, he drew the “machine” (box)

 

The other day he drew a door on the ground with a stick. He  carved out a rectangle with a cross in the middle and announced, “look mommy a door!” I immediately recognized the “door” from the movie “Monster’s, Inc.” That is an amazing hurtle for him because I’ve heard that it’s difficult to encourage autistic children to write and read. Liam loves to do both, but sometimes it’s like pulling teeth to get him to use a crayon. So when he does draw/color/write, I encourage it with all my might!

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One thought on “Look, Mommy it’s a Door!

  1. Forget everything they taught you in those education classes – total waste of time – except maybe the history so you get acquainted with the academic language used in the field and understand the methods/styles of teaching circle back around and “new” isn’t always “new”
    NO child should be using coloring books. Forget the crayons- at this age too small and annoying for many boys – not developmentally appropriate. (Use homemade playdough for fine motor development to get ready for writing. Mush shaving cream on cookie pan or tray and “draw in the foam with a finger. you can add a drop of food coloring if you want. Easier to clean than finger paint)
    Get a big piece of plywood/cardboard 12” wider than you child’s reach and about 2 feet higher than as far as he can reach his hands above his head. Lean it against a wall outoors and give him bowls of paint and assorted instruments like sponges, mops, hands, sticks, house paining brushes (tape some to rulers or yard sticks), potato mashers and kitchen stuff (it all washes well in dish washers)
    Giant markers are good as well as big chalk on driveways. Use a broom and a bucket of water and “paint” on driveway.
    Try to avoid “completing” his pictures. That how kids get the idea their work isn’t “right” or good enough
    Find books on developmental art and preschool kids.
    If art activity interests him, use his art work as illustrations to stories he dictates to you about them. Print (2-3″ letters) and then use big (about 2″) rings at the top to make his books. Hang them on a nail/hook where he can easily get them down and “read” them to himself and others. You’ll be surprised. He will sooner or later make the connection of the wiggly lines to sounds to words that always say the same thing and it can all be written down and anyone know what it says.
    He’s verbal and communicates, so he’s functioning at a high level. There are many autism blogs by parents and atistic children/adults themselves on WP. You might find them interesting. Also might check into some of the homeschooling blogs for activities and ideas.
    The spiral bound book “Workjobs” by Mary Baratta Lorton is activity centered learning…developmentally appropriate. Might be fun – better than sit down and be quiet stuff.
    Real learning is messy and loud. (with quiet reading and examining books’ illustrations just before bed)

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