Caleb – adventure

March 5 to 9, 2012

Time really runs too fast. Caleb has been here with me for a month. He is such a brilliant child. He love nature. Daily when he reaches the centre, I will start speech therapy with him before I put him into the garden. In the garden Caleb likes to pick up leaves to touch and see,  he then will insert it to an outlet. Caleb, Ian, and Ruth all love the tunnel. I guess may be it is due to their spatial awareness improving.

After spending some time in the garden. Caleb will do some Rebound Therapy. Caleb is able to bounce, his proprioception also improves and he has less of a hunch back. He also can land on trampoline bed in a good position after he bounces up and land down.

Caleb also likes to put a string around his neck. If the teacher has given the children a string to use for bead threading and a child uses it for something else some will say the child abuses the material and takes it away. However when I saw it, I remained silent to observe why he wanted the string. He keeps taking the string near other children. On one occasion he took the string holding it with one hand and touching the string to a 10 years old boy’s  heart. Then it dawned on me: Caleb was not abusing the material. In his creative mind Caleb sees the string as a stethoscope. How many time we adult allow the child to complete a task and observe the way the child does it? I always believe the child has his/her own potential in growing up and we should allow the child to play with its creativity. All too fast we want the child to conform to our pre-set ideas and procedures. But isn’t it much better to just give the tools and means to the child and let it find out by itself what it can do with it?

Another example: One morning, I had a play dough play for the children. Only play dough is provided, no instructions are given. Some kids take a while to think what to do, how to do?

Play dough

Play Dough figures

Some observe their friends to get an idea of what to do. Caleb takes the alphabet shape to stencil, wood cutter, pencil, ruler, … to work with the play dough. From a therapy point of view I will say, it is a creative way to play. But others may say he abuses the materials. Caleb seems to have an oblique way of thinking: he combines different materials and tools in surprising ways and shows great creativity and fantasy. Not bad at all for a child with learning disorders!

Feedback from Caleb”s mum: before Caleb was send for therapy lessons in my centre, they hardly had the chance to sit to eat dinner as Caleb will move around in the restaurant.  But now at least he can sit to focus,while his parent have dinner.
Even sitting for 10 minutes is an improvement for Caleb.

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