A Kiss, a Dare and a Boat Called Promise by Fiona Foden

By Fiona Foden

A humorous, touching tale approximately lifestyles alterations, friendship and primary love. Josie has lived on her boat, Promise, her complete existence. She unearths it more uncomplicated to stroll on deck than she does to stroll on land. yet Promise has been condemned, and in flip, Josie is condemned to survive dry land. Then she meets Leon, a boy from her neighbourhood...

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This is extended gradually until children have a sense of the shape of the week – once they have got into a routine of going to school each day and having weekends off. They learn the shape of the year through talking about seasons, festivals, birthdays and other regular events. They can talk about ‘how long until my birthday’, ‘how long until Christmas’ once they have experienced them a few times. A sense of the past starts with the idea of their own past. They can understand the idea of when they were babies and gradually extend back to when Daddy was young, when Granny was a baby and so on.

Some say that there is no problem in having a diagnosis, the only problem is in stereotyping. Some parents feel they only obtained services, information and support once they managed to get a diagnosis. Others, who feel their child has been wrongly diagnosed, have a very different attitude. A lot will depend on your own experiences. The most important thing to remember is that each child should be considered individually and that while a diagnosis might help to point you in the right direction, it is not prescriptive.

As the success becomes more commonplace, so reduce the reward until you drop it because it is no longer necessary. You want to use the reward to get her started and then hope that praise and finally success at the activity alone will be sufficient motivation. As your child becomes more mature you could bring in deferred rewards. For example, she could build up ticks or stickers on a star chart 39 40 STEPPING OUT in order to get a ‘bigger’ prize later. For more information on star charts see Chapter 9, Additional Practical Advice.

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