One Step at a Time #sol20
March 8, 2020
I come around the corner of the mobile white board and ask if Sweet Pie, not his name, can come with me for a few minutes. He looks startled and his whole small rounded body goes into defense mode, but he comes. We have that power. I have a plan, but he doesn’t know this.
We are concerned. So I’ve decided to take on two learning steps with him. This is step one. He hasn’t been able to pass his vision test. He refused to answer our nurse when she asked him the questions. When you consider this, it’s not all that surprising. He doesn’t securely know the name of any letters, which is what she attempted first. The second test immediately following was shapes. She tells me he couldn’t tell her what they were. She is going to refer him. I look up an eye test online. This? I show her a picture online. I’ll teach him how to do it.
This day, the day with sweetie pie, I go out to the foyer with him to a small bench. I have the chart and all the icons cut into individual tiles. I say, Remember when Mrs. C. played that eye game with you. Skeptical nod. We can learn how to play it. Want to?
He nods again.
We sit across from each other on the bench. Here is the picture Mrs. C. showed you. Do you know what these pictures are?
He shakes his head.
I can teach them to you. I bring the individual pictures out. Let’s practice. This is a house. This is a umbrella. This is an apple. This is a flower. Can you say them.?
I line them up in between us. Tentatively, he says their names, pointing along with me. He looks at me after each one to confirm. Let’s move them around and play some more.
We practice this game for a few minutes until he is clearly identifying each symbol.
Do you think we can play with Mrs. C? I’ll come along.
He nods and gives me a small smile.
He passes his eye test with flying colors. Step 1 accomplished.