I had a bit of a wake up call
If you have been following my blog you will know that over the last couple of weeks I have been creating interactions with Nick that are all about 'US'. I have made lists, planned interactions, thought about how mindful I must be at giving Nick the opportunity to 'think dynamically' (e.g. cut back on all the verbal stuff, use as little prompting as possible, make sure that I give him time to process information!).
Our consultant then assigned me another objective because it was time to go a bit deeper! Here it is......
The Student applies an understanding of Continuity and Permanence, to anticipate recurrence and continuation
Yes, I had to read it a few times to get my head around it! :) Basically, what it means is that Nick should understand pauses within 'US'. Our consultant is looking for "the challenge that Nick *anticipates* continuing by NOT showing stress within the pause." It sounds easy but when you get down to the nitty gritty, it is hard work!
#1 Think about the interaction
#2 Think about the 'connection' within that interaction.
#3 Think about the pause within that connection!
So anyway, I planned an interaction: It's called Stalk the Nick!!! (I know, the game sounds a bit childish for a 12 year old kid, however, lets face it, this is his developmental level - yes it does suck.....but such is life!)
I set up the video camera to record our interaction! Just in case you are wondering why I have so much video footage to share....... it's not because I love to see myself on camera, believe me, I really don't! Videoing everything we do gives me the opportunity to watch the footage and to reflect on what we were doing, what went great and what I could do to improve that interaction.
As I was saying.... I set up the camera and started walking slowly towards Nick, using my body to emphasize 'look out, I am coming to get you'. Well, I was a bit astounded when he went to a drawer and proceeded to take out the dishcloths! I kept my mouth shut and waited to see what he would do next. When he started shoving the cloths back into the drawer, I realised that he was creating an old pattern......... a pattern that we had been working on a few weeks ago!
The video camera was running, therefore, Nick thought it was time to 'do something'. I hadn't indicated what we were going to do, so Nick took a flier and chose an activity!
I stopped the camera and tried again later! I won't bore you with all the details, just check out the video below!
Now you can look at this in two ways.............
Was Nick being a dynamic thinker because he assessed his surroundings and chose what to do?
Is his 'thinking' so entrenched in 'static' mode, that he associated the video camera with having to 'do something'?
As for me, I need to go back to thinking about... The Student applies an understanding of Continuity and Permanence, to anticipate recurrence and continuation!
P.S. Played 'Stalk the Nick' in the supermarket this afternoon (hilarious fun).... am very glad that I didn't bump into anyone I know!!!! :)