Another bit of recycling
A sucker for fabric.

Life is all about change

Well my life is, if not everyones.  And my life is about to make a huge change.  My grand daughter is high functioning autistic.  She is having so many problems in the class room at school she is going to have to be home schooled.  She is fine 1 on 1, it is the social interaction that causes problems.  Plus she is so clever that school work, for her age group, is boring.  That means she is disruptive.   I am going to have to take on the teaching role, if not all the time, for a good part of it.  I never expected or wanted this to happen but there is nothing I can do about it.  It is just how it is.

Luckily for me I am a trained teacher so I know what to expect, or I think I do.  The next few weeks, which are school holidays, are going to be spent preparing the curriculum.  I know from the experience of lock down that she can finish a full day's work in an hour, so the lessons from distance education will not be a problem.  It is keeping her extended that is going to be taxing and I will have to design the learning myself.

Her physical co ordination is not good, in fact it is terrible.  We will be doing a lot of sewing I think.  I have started with this bag, which she found difficult to keep the line straight on the machine but it is serviceable and attractive.  She had real trouble cutting out the shapes so cutting out things will be top of the list.


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I am going to have to come up with some innovative ways to keep her occupied.


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If a suitable group can be found, gymnastics, dance, or sports of some description can all help with physical co-ordination. And at least, now, Home-Schooling is better supported than it was, and there are local groups which can provide occasions for interaction, but on a much smaller scale than at school.. Good luck to you all!


Hi, have you looked at Montessori techniques to help her? I have a granddaughter with the same sort of problems as yours. I also worked with sewing with her; hand techniques and machine. I let her use my machine pushed onto the lowest speed and that helped with keeping lines much straighter.
You can use sewing chalk to mark the sewing line which you can then brush off. I think pulled thread techniques would be helpful which you do so beautifully. I know praise about every little thing helped my granddaughter to feel it was worth sticking with a project. It is hard when they are so intelligent but the body doesn't respond like it should. We also made little felt animals because she loved stuffed animals. I will be praying for you and your granddaughter, Karen

Carolyn Foley

Thanks Karen.
Yes Montessori has been there since she was a baby. I have bought a sewing machine each for both of my grand daughters on their 8th birthday. Cutting and straight sewing are high on the list of things to do. (Her younger sister is just a natural, which makes things a bit harder.) But on the other side she is just so intellectually advanced. I have had to revise my expectation there.

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