In addition to Monkey’s busy week in sports, Jedi had a big week too! We traveled to the World Tang Soo Do Association’s Region 22 Championships in Dubois, Pennsylvania recently with our Tang Soo Do school. Jedi and I both competed. Jedi won the silver medal for his age/rank division in open handed forms, and the bronze medal in sparring!
Jedi was also having a rough week and we’re still not quite sure what went on. During his co-op, he had a major meltdown, resulting in him running away from the class and having a meltdown in a closet. During the Tang Soo Do competition, he also had another meltdown. And then in his religious education class, he had to leave after having another meltdown. It’s been a really long time since Jedi’s had such a high intensity level of difficulty due to his autism within such a short period of time. He seems to have shaken whatever it was and had a really good week after it. But it’s always a reminder that no matter how much progress he seems to be making, there are still those days, weeks, or months where we can’t figure out what we need to do to get him on the right path.
Right now, spelling is one of his major sources of difficulty. He seemed to be doing ok with All About Spelling, and each lesson, he gets almost all of the words right. But we noticed that after that lesson was over, he retained under 10% of what he was taught. His spelling is still on the level of a kindergartner, even after all of the work we’ve done. He’s in the process of officially having a dyslexia diagnosis tacked on to his autism diagnosis (they tend to go hand-in-hand). While he is an excellent reader, he has a lot of trouble with handwriting and spelling, and tends to reverse numbers in math. We do have several things coming up that should be helpful–we are in the process of securing a tutor that specializes in these issues with special needs child. He is also in the process of getting funding for an ipad 3 and wireless keyboard that will allow him to type everything and use a spell check/word processor to reduce his anxiety and frustration with writing assignments. He will, of course, continue to have to write and to practice his areas of deficit, but he also needs to be able to move on to his level in the other subjects, and the spelling/handwriting issues tend to hold him back.
Anyhow… Here are some pictures from Jedi’s last two weeks in the schoolroom. He’s done much more than this, but I don’t often have the camera with me. 🙂