When my son was three years old, he developed noise sensitivity. Noises that didn’t bother him at the age of 2 and younger, bothered him at the age of 3. The sudden onset of laughter would make him panick. Whenever his father and I had conversations where our volumes went up, he would have a very negative reaction. In front of him, we had to make sure our tone would not cause him to get frantic.
At age 4 we tried auditory integration therapy. At that time it was one week’s worth of different sound frequencies delivered through headphones. If you called audiologists, they did not do anything for hyperacusis till the age of atleast 8. I found someone who did AIT whose own twin sons had Autism. Many occupational therapists are the ones to provide this therapy now. The cost of one week of therapy was about one thousand dollars.
At the age of 5 years old, since he loved basketball, we registered him to play basketball. He could not stand the buzzers and whistles. He would play in court covering one ear and then handling the ball with the other hand. After one season we stopped. The problem with noise could be found in the school setting. When he entered Kinder, you bet it was hard for him to hear that fire alarm! He wanted to stop going to school because of that. Then he memorized that the principal would have them before the 15th of the month. His anxiety was so high that he wasted brain power to memorize that schedule. It did take a village to help him. My sister was busy googling and got him headphones.
Sometimes he wore the noise cancelling headphones, other times he didn’t. But it was always in his backpack. This summer at the age of 9, he asked us to sign him up again for basketball. He felt he could handle the noise. Guess what?! He did! His love for basketball was even greater than his anxiety about all the noise! Thanks to http://www.quilliancenter.org/ for having such a great basketball program! This was the program we signed him up with when he was 5 and now at the age of 9.
We are so proud of him!
From my experience as a second grade teacher, students will need to compare and contrast fairy tales and folk tales in this grade level. So apart from reading the traditional stories, it is also important to read other versions to make the text comparisons. Here are some books that your child will most likely get exposed to at a public school in America:
The Three Little Pigs
Little Red Riding Hood Versions
I would read these stories out loud and discuss the setting, problem, events that lead to the solution and the solution of the story. Discuss the similarities and differences between them such as the characters and the setting. During this stage students are introduced to the term theme or the message/lesson that the author is trying to convey. In the classroom, your child will be creating charts to compare several texts. If you have a child that needs support, you might have to list each story and then make a list of themes on the next column.
At home discuss various connections to the texts. In school the teacher might ask them personal connections (this reminds me of). They might also ask what text to media connections they made. Kids make these connections easily. Finally, relate the stories to what is happening in the news.
Different versions are called fractured fairy tales or adaptations. My favorite author is Leo Lionni. He creates his own fables but students can easily make connections to other traditional fables. If you were going to gift a friend, niece, or nephew a set of books, I would definitely recommend a set of his books.
This is my favorite. His stories are easy to understand but students at the second grade level can analyze them easily independently. Connections can be pulled and themes can be formulated.
When I was a child my mom made sure I had Aesop’s Fables. This is another book I suggest your child have for his or her collection!
Happy reading and don’t forget to buy your child a dictionary for this coming school year!
Our son loves home! But sometimes we pull him out of his comfort zone and decide to go on this thing called family vacations! Yikes!!He likes the routine of things such as taking the trash out every Tuesday and Thursday. The thought of being out of routine/home simply fills him with great anxiety. The minute we talk about how long we will be at our destination, he quickly comes up with a million reasons why we should only be there for a shorter amount of time. This reminds me of an aunt, a very happy one. She has never stepped foot out of the Philippines. I am not sure that she has even been to more than 10 different places in the Philippines. But the point is that she is a happy soul. We know that our son would be completely happy staying in familiar places, but we continue to have these family vacations and waste money (as he says) because we do want to be there for him to coach him and properly respond when he experiences something new.
So how do we survive family vacations?
First, it has got to be of high interest. Think LEGOS, DISNEY, WATER PARKS and POOLS! Add to the list DANTDM, because atleast now he would like to go to England but only under one condition and that of course is to meet DANTDM in person!
Second, when the people he’s comfortable with are there, it makes it a BIT better!
Food is really important. Do you think we can just take him to a new restaurant? Think again! We have been known to bring a small rice cooker in our check-in, head to the grocery store upon arrival and get rice and eggs. I can whip up a meal as long as there’s a microwave and electrical outlet for the rice cooker.
Finally, any devices capable of games + WIFI is our life saver!
With that in mind some flashback pics and videos.
A little sad here because his map got folded up …he did have fun after getting over that!
Happier with familiar people!
Recently, I photographed the sons of my friend with their Teacup Poodles and Papillon. Their Papillon is so well-trained! His name is Tristan and lots of onlookers couldn’t help but say hello. Their Teacup Poodles also got the attention of many people just about to head to work. Many ladies had to stop by and pet them. If you are ever in Sugar Land don’t forget to take photos at the Town Square! Here are some of the photos!
Photos were from 2013 but I had to share since they popped up again on my IG feed!!! We stayed with the whole family at The Resort At Pelican Hill in California. It is a beautiful place!!! It has one of the world’s largest circular pool! Here are our personal photos!
with my sister and brother -in-law
The best way for me to have a get-together with active boys is to make sure that a place will allow them to be active! The boys got to be active at Levy Park when the boys’ cousin came down for the weekend!
There is a mini golf area with seating around so you can watch them play!
The boys were joined by another cousin who just happened to bring a soccer ball. They burned energy!
I did say burn energy!!!
More climbing around!
Meet new friends!
The park provides many carts with magazines to read, art supplies to be creative, and games for your family! Use of these items are for free!
For sure on Saturdays there are food trucks!
There is a spray park area, so be sure to bring swim attire and extra change of clothing!!!
To end the weekend with their cousin the boys did a lot of swimming!
We did pool hop thanks to the boys’ aunt!
I should have taken pictures of the MANY steps that even I decided to climb on many times! What else can you do in this Texas heat?
Sophy and Emma are shelter dogs we adopted from the Harris County Animal Shelter! They helped me get over my PHOBIA of dogs. For the most part they are very easy. At home, they don’t bark and just lay around. Now, Sophy the Maltipoo is very protective and continues to bark at house guests!!! The only way to really to stop it is if you pet her and give her some lovin’. Since getting Emma, Sophy has stopped barking at other dogs during walks. So having Emma the Toy Poodle has helped Sophy. Emma is about 10 years old and Sophy is almost 3. We have had Sophy for about 7 months and Emma for about about 2 months.
Here they are on a Saturday morning!
Sophy is attached to Andell who stays with her all day working from home. So when he isn’t home, she sure does miss him!
Emma is very low key. The dishwasher is on, so she is sleeping in her favorite corner of the kitchen listening to the sound.
I am always amazed at what activities interest my sons. The latest one is to tour Toyota Center. The boys have taken a liking to basketball this summer and being in the NBA is part of their dream.
Here is information about the Toyota Center Public Tour !
Socks are from Amazon !
We have made the switch!!! It will take us some time to get used to this!! Old link http://ailynneandandell.blogspot.com/
The boys enjoyed some downtown Austin swimming! It was definitely a change of scenery where most people swimming were adults vs kids. I had to remind the boys there were no other children and they couldn’t splash. Even with these constraints, they enjoyed themselves!