A description of a successful ABA therapy graduate. Initially diagnosed as Autistic, he is a 2E child (twice exceptional - In the Autistic Spectrum and Profoundly Gifted). A brief description of his path to enrichment and excellence as laid out by the therapists and by, mostly, his Mother - his Chief Instructor.
Both, my mother, and Alex's mother (my wife), are from Japan.
------Alex was born in the year of the Golden Dragon (Nov 2000) ------
Friday, July 20, 2012
Alex's Math Camp Experience
Song: Japanese Dream
Artist: (Miyagi) Tiger Tanaka
We picked up Alex at his mountain condo.
Alex had the typical display of nonchalance on his face...
but it quickly melted into a big smile and hug for mama as she approached him.
Alex had just come from miniature golfing with his camp mates.
As we drove home...
we had Alex tell us all about his experience there.
He told us of his group hike to Eagle Lake and Falls.
He said he had enjoyed it very much.
As Alex didn't have a camera with him...
I had gotten these off of Google images.
These are of Eagle Lake and Falls.
This is of Eagle Lake Falls with Lake Tahoe in the background (Google Images).
Alex said that his favorite activity while at the camp..
was the advanced math practice.
He said they had gone over various math competition exercises and tests.
Of course, it was a Math Camp...
but I thought he would especially love the outdoor experience...
and the freedom of being away from home in a new environment.
Although he was comfortable...
and he liked everyone there...
Alex missed home and his regular routine.
Alex also likes his solitude.
After his studies...
unless we have something planned...
he gets his free time to fully enjoy as he pleases.
He loves going to his spot on the sofa
(it is reserved just for Alex as he has earned his own area through his efforts)...
and free reading or playing his apps on his iPad.
He usually props up his pillow and stretches out in full comfort.
He is our prince...
and that is his throne :)
Alex loves quiet surroundings...
a place to recharge...
away from any stimuli.
That was what Alex had missed the most at the camp.
He was always around others and had missed his time alone.
it is almost always very quiet.
The TVs are in the bedrooms so as to not prove a distraction
to Alex in the main living quarters.
We keep the volume low on the TVs so they cannot be heard beyond the bedrooms...
and music is listened through headphones.
The only real disturbance in our household is when my wife, and I, argue.
I just wish I had a volume control on that...well...at least on my wife :)
Alex said he talked to many of the children there...
had watched a couple of movies...
had played some board games...
but he talked mostly of the math practice.
That is what he said he had really enjoyed the most.
The teachers there had led them well.
Alex said there was no arguing or ill feelings.
They had kept the boys together and ensured that they were
never wandering off alone. They were always in groups
and were always led by an adult.
Later that night...
we went out to a local Sushi restaurant.
We then let Alex just enjoy his favorite spot on the sofa with his iPad.
Overall, the math camp was a good experience for Alex.
Being able to fully function in the world is important.
This was a good first step...
a taste of semi-independent interaction with the world.
We plan to send him to other such camps in the future.
Next week we will be going high country camping.
Although it is our plan to go to a particular place (10,000 ft. level)...
the campgrounds are first come...first serve.
As it is still peak season...we may not get a spot.
Should we not, I have some contingency plans.
Either way...we should still be in high country (8,000 - 10,000 ft.).
Our family loves the high country and the great experiences to be had there.
Soon...it will be time, once again, to create some magical memories for Alex.