We should never underestimate the might and will of 5 & 6 year olds. There is healthy competition for the right to have Mac as your reading partner each morning in class. Some of the kids certainly ‘outwit, outplay, outlast’ their classmates. Don’t even think about getting to school too early… the negotiations in the playground are ‘insane’.
We tend to arrive just as the bell goes (or a little after, oops). The process is, wheel into class, shift Mac, already sitting in the special tomato soft sitter clipped into his wheelchair, directly onto the soft sitter wheelbase for floor time. It takes about 10 seconds – pretty quick set up.
The latest development is that two of his more ‘wily’ friends, Grace and Sophia, have cottoned on to the process and worked out a way to ensure Mac sits next to them.
On arrival I find they have already secured the wheelbase into position between them, reading to one another ACROSS the wheelbase, until such time as Mac arrives and is ‘inserted’ between them.
Then, of course, they both commence reading to him, at the same time, regardless of whether they have the same book or not – pretty funny.
The other ‘regular maneuver’ by the kids is that of putting away Mac’s ‘talking box’ (one-step communicator). The child who packs it up generally places it a spot ONLY THEY know – therefore ensuring their role in helping the next day.