Homework

Sep. 18th, 2009 05:00 pm
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B's teacher assigned all the parents a "homework assignment" on the first day of school. Because I'm a terrible procrastinator, I just finished it. We were to write about our kids. For the curious, here's B in a nutshell:

Basil is the eldest child of separated parents. He has one younger sister, MC, who is in grade three french immersion at (redacted). He has a step-father, N, who he loves dearly, and a dog and a cat at my home. In addition, his father has been seeing a woman, E, for two years now who is very much a part of his life. She has a son, A, who is also in grade three, and the children are often together at his dad's house.

B has Asperger's Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. As a baby and small child, this caused him to be extremely volatile, and easily overwhelmed and frustrated. His temper was quite formidable, and he could be violent and aggressive. Much work on his part, and the part of his parents, however, has helped him become quite a sweet young man. While he is still prone to outbursts when frustrated, he is very good at controlling the impulse to lash out.

While it may not seem evident, B is a perfectionist. He becomes very upset when he can't do something well the first time. This is a significant impediment to his ability to succeed, as he tends to give up on things which he cannot accomplish perfectly.

He spoke very early (his first word was "book" and he was only 5 months old when he said it!) and has an enormous vocabulary. As you have likely noticed, however, his ability to put his thoughts into words is markedly challenged. He is an avid reader, preferring non-fiction. He absorbs facts and trivia at an impressive rate, and is particularly interested in biology.

An anecdote: When he was 3, we were at the doctor for his annual physical, where he noticed a model strand of DNA. Pointing it out to the doctor, he said: "That's a double-helix! That's the shape DNA is. DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid." The doctor, astounded, asked me if he had just said what the doctor thought he said (B's dysfluency was quite pronounced back then). When I affirmed, the doctor expressed that he was impressed by his intelligence and asked B if he wanted to be a doctor when he grew up. B replied that no, he wanted to be an ice cream truck driver.

B's current interests include biology, video games, comic books, and drawing. His best friends are R and G. He wants to be an inventor when he grows up and is already trying to solve the problem of a perpetual motion machine, which he sees as the best solution to the energy crisis. He self-identifies as a pagan and a socialist.
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