So this blog is a place where I try to be open and honest, and give you a bit of a glimpse inside our lives. I think that it is important to share ideas and insights, and help people where and whenever I can. It's also a place for me to admit to my many parenting mistakes. I don't so much like admitting to them I'd far rather just sweep them under the carpet and pretend they don't exist. But they do. In multitudes. Parenting is a learning process and it doesn't always come easily. Even if we had instruction booklets for each kid we wouldn't have the time to read them, would we?
You are probably wondering how Lego, occupational therapy and fine motor skills somehow add up to a parenting mistake, aren't you?
A long time ago in therapy (Owen was about 5 at the time) he was given the task of assembling a car by reading the instructions in little manual. He had a terribly difficult time with it but he kept at it- of course the end result wasn't exactly what was pictured. The therapist was gently suggesting that it was a skill he may never develop. At the time it bothered me immensely because I knew that he really wasn't a "car" type kid- we've got hundreds of them laying around because cars are one of my stepson's favourite things in the world. Owen has always been more interested in "people" toys. One of his first favourite games was to use spoons as characters- even before he was verbal he would put them face to face and make interesting intonations with his voice. But thinking that maybe he needed some extreme help in the area of putting together Lego cars we set to work on practising that skill.
Perhaps not one of my finer moments. Oy.
If you aren't interested in something, it makes it super hard to learn. I sort of gave up after a while because while I know it was great for him to work with Lego for his fine motor skills I didn't want him to think of it as torture. It REALLY IS an amazing tool for so much learning- problem solving, hands on technology, literacy, math, lateral thinking, construction design.... soooooo many things... I'm barely scratching the surface of it's educational benefit.....
So I took a step back. And I let HIM find a passion. Mario? MAAAAARIO!! THIS-
Which then changed to THIS-
And he still has no interest in building cars! :)
This post is part of #TherapyThursday, which I hope gives you a glimpse inside our lives. Care to join me in raising awareness of Special Needs? Post a blog, picture or tweet about it using the hashtag #TherapyThursday. Feel free to post a link below in the comment section! Remember that there are many different types of therapy- Occupational, Physical, Feeding, Speech Language and Behavioural to name a few. I hope it will serve as yet another way to spread awareness of special needs!