Every week I make a planner and although it is divided up by days it is more of a weekly thing – ‘I’d like to get this done this week’ sort of thing. We do tend to stick to the days though as Jack liked the structure and he can easily follow the printed planner for himself. Monday he started out with Reading Eggs and ended up doing four whole lessons as he was really enjoying it and then we had lunch and set off for swimming. Went to Sports Direct on the way and bought some goggles and one of those float vests. I think they are a pretty good idea anyway but with the unpredictability of his seizures it also gives some extra safety and I don’t have to be quite so hovery, which I would rather not do anyway. It was great and Jack totally loved it! HE got me to swim out holding him to the deepest end (1.5m) so he could see how he could float, went on the slides a few times and spent quite a lot of time in the jacuzzi as he loves the bubbles. He wasn’t keen on the goggles at first as he had a bad experiences with some letting water in once that put him off (until recently he was scared of being splashed and especially of water getting in his eyes and face) but he saw two girls swimming under water and that interested him enough to get him to try them on and trust me that they wouldn’t leak as they were better ones and could be adjusted to fit. After trying for a while he did put his face under and was so proud of himself! 😀 Afterwards we walked into town across Stoke Park and went into Sainsburys for a few things before getting the bus home.
The rest of the week has gone really fast and feels like we have done nothing but somehow have been super busy. Tuesday was iffy, I think due to changing medications maybe but thankfully now we are weaning out the Epilim his aggression is fading so I was right on that being the cause. It was excessive and I’m glad it had an easy to solve cause. Most likely he would be been coming off it anyway as it wasn’t doing anything to help with the seizures. We didn’t do much though the BBC Bitesize website was a hit. Wednesday we went to home ed group in Farnham and met with friends. Today was mainly computer based stuff and Polish. Tonight Jack came downstairs, hugged me, said something in Polish I didn’t understand and then went back to bed so I think he is really picking it up 😀 He has asked about learning French again too. Initially he loved it when he was at school and picked it up easily but later he came to hate it and had to be taken out of the class during lessons or when a teacher spoke in French (one of the teachers in his year spoke French and took his class one morning a week) because he would become instantly frustrated and scream. When asked he told his TA and me separately that it hurt him to listen to it.
I did my teaching assistant exam this week and hope it is not too long before the results are back. First TMA of my OU module is due in next week which has come around fast and tomorrow is ice skating.