Q: What makes a third grade boy want to sit at the front of the class?
A: He needs glasses.
After getting some hints that Buddy Boy needed some assistance (mis-reading the board, asking to sit closer), we took him to the eye doctor. He actually was both quite fascinated by, as well as cooperative with, the whole process.
After being shown several pages in a book similar to the above and correctly identifying the numbers he announced "At least we know I'm not color blind." His vision isn't that all bad (it's between 20/30 and 20/40) but since he's having some difficulty with schoolwork we decided to go ahead and get him the glasses. He'll have the whole summer to get used to them, so they'll feel natural by the start of next school year.
So far things seem to be going all right with them.
Meanwhile, now that he's seeing a bit clearer, he's also seeing autism everywhere. Or at least some places it probably isn't.
Buddy Boy's teacher's husband is also a teacher at his school. He teaches music, but not Buddy Boy's class. But Buddy Boy knows him because at the end of the day he comes to Buddy Boy's class to wait for his wife. While he waits, he usually uses the computer, and trys not to get in the way.
Evidently Buddy Boy has decided that Mr. L is autistic. He told his teacher, Mrs. L, this last week. "Why do you say that, Buddy Boy?" she asked. "Well, he spends a lot of time on the computer, doesn't answer my questions when I talk to him, and sometimes is a little grumpy." Mrs. L just replied "Those are interesting observations." Now Mr. L is a quiet guy, but I hardly think he's on the spectrum. But since Mrs. L didn't out and out deny that her husband was autistic, Buddy Boy took this as affirmation.
So this week Mrs. L is appropriately laying down the rules for Buddy Boy when he wasn't doing something he should, and he comes out with "Mrs. L, since you are married to someone who is autistic, I would think that you would be a litte more understanding of me!"
Two more weeks until school is out for the kids! We're counting the days.
Me- Joe, husband of a great wife, and dad to two great kids, who were both adopted at birth.
Liz- My ever understanding wife, who manages to wear many hats (mom, advocate, therapist, teacher) for our kids.
Buddy Boy- Born in 2000. Funny, intelligent, inventive, and autistic. Loves machines.
Sweet Pea- Born in 2002. Typical little sister. Competitive, outgoing, and smart. Loves anything pink.