Working with Caleb is an adventure. Last weekend his parents came to the centre with him at 9.30am. His father came to assemble some therapy equipment. As a therapist I told him what I want. He helped me to source for material and assemble it.
I took the chance on the weekend to trim and chop the tall plants in the garden with a saw. Caleb observed what I did. I have to climb up the ladder to do the sawing. Caleb did not climb up. According to his mother Caleb has a fear of heights hence he did not climb up the ladder.
After I completed my sawing, I noticed Caleb went to take a long steel ruler and saw the plants (see photos). He keeps sawing but the branches do not easily come out. Caleb went to change the ruler into a smaller tool. He starts to find ways to saw/chop the plant’s branch off. Finally Caleb manages to chop the branch off. His mother and I stand in astonishment of his determination to get what he wants to complete. He is such a fast creative learner to get what he wants to do done. I guess to most of parents when a child takes the long steel ruler, they will prohibit the child to take it as they may consider this a hazardous tool for a small child. But parents have also to consider that it is better to introduce their children to certain hazards in a controlled manner, rather than keep the child totally unaware of the many hazards in life.
After getting off the branch Caleb took it to the front car porch to show his father. He seems to be truly satisfied of his achievement. (photo)
Caleb is an active child, he hardly can sit still. Most of the people will think he is ADHD child. But what is the point in putting a label on a child unless it assists in finding a better method to discover his strengths. Caleb has also attended Rebound Therapy lessons. He is now able to sit and follow some engaging task. At the same time it allows him to explore the material.