No, I didn’t make a grammatical error in the title. It was deliberate
We were driving home from school this afternoon and for once my boys were actually NOT screaming at each other (which is somewhat of a miracle in itself) and I overheard Lucas asking Harley what the word ‘missed’ means.
OK. So this may not be interesting to a lot of you, but for me it brought a huge smile to my face and a big burst of pride as progress usually does, so stay with me…..
Harley (like a lot of children on the spectrum) really struggles with the comprehension side of reading. But recent research shows that sometimes, it’s more a case of the child being unable to actually articulate what they’ve comprehended rather than not actually understanding what they’ve read.
An excerpt from HERE says:
…many students with autism do understand what they read, but cannot effectively express what they know. That is, some learners only appear incapable of comprehending text. Because students with autism have movement and communication differences, they may struggle to answer questions and express ideas in conventional ways. Some students might be unable to “find” the words needed to answer comprehension questions (or any question for that matter). Others may know the words but be unable to answer questions when directly asked to do so…
Pretty cool huh!?
So anyway…..Lucas asked what ‘missed’ means and Harley answered him in a very informative matter-of-a-fact way like this: (written as closely to how I remember it as possible).
HARLEY: “Actually, ‘missed’ means three different things. Like that you were late for something (like maybe missed a meeting) or that you wish someone was with you when they’re not. Then you’ve missed them. And then there is the word ‘mist’ which is spelt (sic) differently and it is that stuff that forms on petals on flowers after it rains”.
Today’s lesson: Don’t ever doubt these kids – they will continue to amaze you.
Don’t ever give up on them – they will bless you in ways you could never imagine and don’t ever ever EVER catch yourself saying “ never”.