Homeschooling and Expressive Language

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Today while looking at DVD’s at the library, M pointed to one and said the film was made by Steven Fiberglass. Hunh? He meant Spielberg. Go figure. He had read a whole book about him and couldn’t remember his name. Not good. Then he pointed to another DVD case and said there’s the curly girl. What? Curly- HAIRED girl?

Both my kids have trouble with expressive language. In many ways this has improved. In other ways it is so frustrating to try and figure out what they are trying to say. Makes for some hysterical conversations.

When we came home I decided to challenge them in giving directions. I blindfolded M and had S give him directions to another place in the living room. The first time she did it S had to walk with him because she had trouble visualizing his position without it. Then they reversed. S was actually more succinct and precise in her directions. This is amazing because she is the one who had years of speech and language therapy because of Auditory Processing Disorder. Yet with the strides she has made in attachment these verbal languages skills have greatly improved. Writing, not so much. M has gotten worse and plateaued in his communication skills. As they progress in the middle school years I believe more testing is needed to help me know how to teach them and find the limits of their abilities and work around them.

This was our school at home moment that I wanted to share today.

 

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Linking with Hip Homeschool Moms, Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, 3 Boys and a Dog

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  1. lol. We have those moments here, too. This morning I was driving James past the fair grounds where they were setting up some rides, “OH, look!! They are setting up the toaster coller!!” He never even knew I was laughing… roller coaster, toaster coller – it’s all the same 🙂

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