Friday, 14 December 2007

C shows an interest!!!!!

I am very excited with a new development from C and wanted to share it, especially as they don’t happen often!
C has fine motor skill dyspraxia, which means he doesn’t use his hands much (apart from keeping his fingers in his ears so he doesn’t have to listen to anyone!)
C cant write or colour. He will just about tolerate hand over hand help in holding a pencil.
C doesn’t like using a keyboard even hand over hand and isn’t interested in using a touch screen.
He also prefers to stand instead of sit as he has slight Lordosis.
He’s more of a secret out of the corner of his eye observer.

But recently his class at school have started using an interactive whiteboard. And he is showing an interest! C showing an interest in anything is rare!

The board being large has meant he has been able to watch other kids using it (a screen on a PC this isn’t so possible) With a white board he can stand, the pictures are large and he can use his whole hand to drag things around, which means he gets an instant action.


The potential possibilities of this are enormous (hopefully with his communication).
It’s a pity in this respect that he has to leave school soon.


If your child’s school hasn’t got one, tell them to get one!!!


53 comments:

Anne Brooke said...

That's wonderful news indeed - well done, both!

:))

A
xxx

TheBirdman33 said...

That's great news!!!

DJ Kirkby said...

N3S LOVED the interactive board at his specialist pre-school. Unfortunatly his mainstream school doesnt have one...

Family Adventure said...

Wow, that is *awesome*. Does his new place not have one of these? The potential here is so huge, you'll want to pursue it no doubt.

Good luck!

Heidi

Casdok said...

I certainly will!
Thank you

Meredith said...

Wow. I could play with one of those things too ^_^

Kassiane said...

Oh YAY!
Here's to reduced frustration and improved communication (and entertainment too) for C!

Zoë said...

sounds a fabulous piece of kit, but no doubt well beyond the means of most families to provide one for an older child outside of school?

Elissa - Managing Autism said...

Wow - how exciting for C!!!
That's fantastic news Casdok - definitely worth celebrating!
xx

Crystal Jigsaw said...

That is wonderful, I'm thrilled for you. Our school has 2 of them and they are a fantastic invention. It has helped Amy also, she shows a keen interest in this piece of equipment which has excited the teachers.

Crystal xx

BBC said...

I'm not sure how useful they will be for the highly autistic, but I see them becoming very useful to the general public.

The people that like games will take right to them.

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Such exciting news! I'm so pleased for you both x

Seamus said...

That's wonderful! Hopefully his interest will continue when he returns.

Self employed mum said...

Fantastic, if this improves his communication, this would be huge. Our school has installed one in every classroom they are fantastic. x

Cathy said...

Great news! I think they use them at son 2's school, though he has progressed on to being able to use a computer and mouse anyway.

Thanks also for the mention of lordosis...I looked it up and realised that it is the name for my own back symptoms. I'll be able to impress the doctor next time I go in complaining of back pain!

frog ponds rock... said...

oh Casdok that is Awesome!!! I am jumping up and down here, ( in my seat) going oh yeah oh yeah....


cheers Kim xxx

MOTHER OF MANY said...

This is a video of some of Beauty's friends.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwfpopbGok4
It looks really good.

bullet said...

That is excellent :D.

Jen said...

Woohoooo! Damn, that's exciting! Way to go C :-)

Attila The Mom said...

That's so fabulous!!

Nancy said...

I think it's exciting ... and new way to get a response of interest from him. I'm sure they are pricey. I wonder if there is a foundation that would help in providing one for him at the new place he will be living.

Pipany said...

That's fantastic Casdok; how exciting for you. I wonder if there is any way of C being able to continue with this once he leaves the school...another place or hiring (or am I out of my tree here?!!) xx

Casdok said...

Im certainly going to look into it, if his interest holds!

Rhonda said...

That is a very cool idea!

Phil Plasma said...

That's awesome news!

Maddy said...

Couldn't see a price mind you. There again it would probably be in Euros.
Cheers

craig andrew said...

C:D

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

THAT is cool!! I hope this leads to more new things for you two.

lime said...

how wonderful! hoping he can make the most of the time he has with such technology.

Akelamalu said...

That's fantastic!

Chris H said...

That is 'shit hot' mate!!! I hope he does use it! And if he does maybe one can be procured for his new placement?

Tera said...

C's new interest sounds marvelous! Here's hoping he has opportunities to use it as long as he likes.

Ian Lidster said...

What a great concept, and C's response is very interesting.

Rising Rainbow said...

An intereactive whiteboard, sounds very interesting. I hope he will have access to this tool as long as it is useful.

dawn said...

This is fantastic news, I know you must be so happy. He will progress little by little with new inventions. C Rules!!! Have a great weekend

San said...

Awesome! This is really encouraging.

Tanya Brown said...

This is fantastic. A new interest and improved communication - great stuff.

http://www.joysautismblog.com said...

So glad he's showing an interest. That is awesome!

Billy Boy said...

IMAX pictures comes to mind......could it be in a small way? forward thinking.....!

drama mama said...

Wow. So cool. Go, C!!!

Get Off My Lawn! said...

Hurrah! Amazing how people struggle and fight with uncertainty when the right tool could have been available years ago. But this is a great sign and here's hoping that the interest and skills transfer to other things.

But Why? said...

Woo-Hoo!

What a great toy. And how very exciting. I'd love to know what aspect of it has caught his interest.

Steve said...

Hoorah for technology! The whiteboard sounds amazing - very innovative.

I, like the view said...

they have these in my daughter's school - al the children love them, I'm so pleased that it has proven interesting for your son too!

so pleased

misha_k said...

That's so great for C that he found an interest. I hope it keeps going.

Eileen said...

Wonderful news, just wonderful. I am so happy for you and C.

We do have these in our school, the one I work in. They are wonderful!!

Holly said...

That is wonderful. No idea how expensive they are, but they are fairly common in the colleges here (that doesn't say much, the things they will waste money on - note, by that I mean, prof. get toys while the bathrooms are in horrid disrepair, for people like C, it wouldn't be a new classroom toy).

I wonder if a computer with a touchscreen would hold simliar interest (and be more reasonable).

laughingwolf said...

great news, cas! hope it continues to help him :)

Blessed said...

Hey there!
I am curious what you thought of
Jenny McCarthy and her book?

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

Yay! That sounds fabulous!

Casdok said...

Blessed
I can comment on Jennys book as i havent read it. And from what i have heard i dont think i will read it!

Dad Stuff said...

What wonderful news! I hope C finds this as a way to express himself. Seems like it has potential.

Amanda said...

like Holly
i wonder if now he is learning to use an interactive whiteboard he could be switched to a more affordable touchscreen
any way to get funding for this for C once he's out of school?