Meet my new Yoda, Carol Barnier!
Of course, right?!
Things like silly putty (I picked up some Thinking Putty at one of the booths for this. It's similar to silly putty but never dries out, comes in fun colors, and it's made in America by people with disabilities. Sold!), Legos, sorting puff balls, basically anything that is mindless and repetitive. I've found that Mary does indeed listen better when she's in motion.
In her book, Carol also has suggestions for incorporating whole body movement and manipulatives into learning, as well as a bunch of other practical ideas and games.
Let me pause for a second and go back to the 'different' thing I mentioned above. My child IS different (well, actually both are - lucky me! Just kidding, just kidding!).
There are some children who don't struggle with distractions. I was that way. I can think of some of Mary's friends who don't seem to share these issues. I love what Carol says about this in her book:
"You must grow comfortable with the fact that this child is different. Others may not see it. you cannot depend upon their assessment of your child. They will try to convince you that it is a discipline problem or that there must be "trouble" at home or that you should eliminate wallpaper paste from his diet, etc. But I have learned time and time again that what works for most children often has little bearing on what will work with my child... If we expect our children to be like all other children at a time when they simply can't, we lead these precious kids to believe they're a disappointment." (pp. 16, 20, emphasis mine).
Do you see now why I love Carol?!
There are so many more things I could say, but I'm going to wrap it up with my favorite take-away -
I am the Keeper of the Keys.
(that's not really me, just so you know... kinda looks like a Santa, elf, oompa-loompa jailer or something)
Every delivery method of information is like a key and my child's mind is locked. I need to use the correct key to unlock her mind so she'll "get it." If the method that I'm the most comfortable with isn't working, (wait for it, because this might blow your mind...)
it's not my kids' fault.
If I'm Diapering a Watermelon, Then Where'd I Leave the Baby?: Help for the Highly Distractible Mom was sold out at her booth, so I wasn't able to pick that one up. However, I'm not that distractible (except when I'm on the computer or in the Exhibit Hall), which has made dealing with a child who is all the more challenging. But, I've heard it's awesome, and the reviews on Amazon are great. So, if you're interested, Carol also has a book for the mamas!
And be sure to check out Carol's blog for other books (one on different learning styles - I did get this one but haven't had a chance to read it yet - and one for parents of Prodigal children), CDs (including a recording of the session talk!), eBooks, and articles (she's hilarious, y'all).
Do you have any highly distractible children crawling on top of the refrigerator in your home? If so, I'd love to hear your tips for dealing with these unique challenges. Did you go to Teach Them Diligently this year? What were your big take-aways?
I hope you enjoyed my Day 2 recap! I'll be posting about Day 3 soon, so check back! And be sure to hang out with me on Facebook, too. Did you see the picture I posted on there from Day 3? I had the blessing of meeting my other Yoda in Nashville! Eeeek! Go check it out!