So---my inspiration for making a sticker book seems strange. What are stickers if not little pictures? But when I had the idea of the book, I had a feeling I'd hit on something. The trick is---the stickers are for ME. I'm the one that loves them, I'm the one that learns well visually. I'm the one that needs new ideas for talking.
And I love stickers. There, I've admitted it---I'm a middle aged woman who adores stickers. I always have. So the idea of making a huge sticker book for Janey appealed to me very much.
|Some Kawaii stickers!|
|An animal themed page|
|A little bit edgy and weird for my near teen|
|Camping, cooking and Frozen|
In the broader picture, the whole sticker book idea brings up a couple lessons I've learned along the way. One is that Janey knows if we are enjoying what we are doing and are engaged in it. I'm going to stick to a way of teaching that I like much more than one I don't, and with Janey's extreme ability to read tones of voice, she picks up on the fact I'm having fun, and she joins in. Another lesson goes along with that well-used phrase "You've met one kid with autism, you've met one kid with autism" All the visual schedules and picture-based AAC programs in the world don't change the fact that Janey learns by hearing. And that I don't, and that I need to figure out how to bridge that gap, how to respect what she is learning every day a little more how to tell us. If that allows me to indulge in a long-buried sticker passion---well, all the better.