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Let Me Introduce Myself Cleb

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Cleb, father and mother

Classroom Visit - Friday, October 25th

Cleb was hyper vigilant, out of control and it was late in the day; father wants legal help to get his son in school; the observer wrote a letter to that effect. Cleb is biting and chewing and yelling and not teachable in this situation. This activity reinforces that he needs help in the classroom to attend to what he is doing, helping him link actions to words. These types of two-way communication and language play are top priorities for Cleb. Cleb’s parents should choose to have him continue to attend Adain Lo one more year because he still requires so much one-to-one teaching and one-to-one social attention during the school day. Without it, he resorts to disorganized behavior and loss of focus. Cleb still engages other children infrequently; therefore adults are better playing and teaching partners than other children, as he is not likely to make friends very easily in a new setting in a big classroom.

At Adain Lo, he already has friends and because he is taught by adults, he may learn with more ability to relate to the other children. Cleb already knows a great deal of information and knowledge. His parents work with him using a variety of play and reading materials, as well as toys of different sizes, shapes and weight attributes.

Cleb continues to need multisensory games using household items that are both heavy and light, items that teach counting and measuring, that contain different amounts of water and sensory (sight, sound, and touch) and games that teach how objects are either similar or different, such as big and small, tall and short, soft and hard, noisy and quiet, etc.

Cleb needs to follow what is written in a notebook that contains a schedule of activities for every day of the week. He must learn to “read” the pictures, drawings and words in the notebook that spell out his daily home schedule. This activity for keeping a schedule will be vital to his success when he has to follow classroom procedures. This will be a test to see if he can follow the pictures and do all the tasks that are required, with his parents reminding him. When he gets to school, then, he will not be totally dependent on teachers to direct him.

At first he will need help and many reminders to go look at the book to remind him of what comes next in the day. For example, the first activity is to wake up when the alarm clock goes off or mother wakes him up; next, a picture to tell him to brush teeth, make his bed, eat breakfast, help with housework, go to play, do exercises, have a snack, go to the garden, water plants,etc. These daily activities will organize Cleb’s mind, so he can plan in his brain how to structure how to interact, talk and listen and understand a sense of sequence and order.

Thank you for inviting the observer to make a summer teaching plan based on our conversation during our April 2006 home visit. I look forward to our next meeting in April, 2008. Susan Turben

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