So I got a little lost in the week. I’ve been busy, doing my re-writes and getting the book ready to send to my editor and whatnot, and apparently got totally lost in the moment rather than remembering the whole of the week and preparing stuff for later. Like blog posts. Whoops!
Basically, I’ve been either deep in the antics of certain residents of Los Gatos, or over at my son’s school helping to set up a New Tool for him. You see, The Boy is ADHD, and has been diagnosed as on the autism spectrum. Personally, I don’t care about the labels the school system has to use to get him the help he needs. I just want to make sure that by the time he’s an adult he has all the skills necessary to function in the world.
That, however, includes paying attention in class and actually doing his work, among other things. So this week they’ve started an experiment. (That’s how I’ve presented it to him because science is a motivator in his case.) . They’ve decided to try putting a ‘bug in his ear’ during class. I know, gross, right? Really what they mean is that they’re adapting a system they brought in for heard of hearing kids and are trying to see if it will help The Boy. His teacher gets to wear a fancy microphone necklace and he wears the receiver and a fancy headset, so when she needs to make sure he’s on task but she herself isn’t near him, she can just hit the button and talk right into his ear.
Fancy! And if this works for The Boy it might help other kids who are deeper into the spectrum than he is. The Boy’s teacher is hopeful and encouraging him to give it a chance. I’ve been on the phone and emailing both her and the special education specialist who watches The Boy’s case, and basically, when my brain isn’t in editing mode, it’s been following the exciting adventures of the bionic boy. We’ll have to see if it helps… so tune in next time for further updates!