Story of O: A Special Child

During my holiday, I’ve spent plenty of time to share with my friends and colleague. The thing that I love the most about sharing is the chance that we have to broaden our knowledge without much money to spent and also, it’s a time-effective process. I do not need to spend a few months to understand one case, just like my friend did. She is happening to be a therapist of special need children, and she has lots of students. One of her students is now my student. Let’s say his name is O.

O has one meeting per week with my friend to attend play therapy. O has been reported as a child who is unable to concentrate in the class and therefore, he couldn’t finish his works, at school and also at home. O is a cute and nice boy, and now he is attending P1 class.

At my tuition centre, O attends 3-times/week classes. What I observed about him are as following:

  1. He always rips the edge of his paper work which always stapled by his teacher. He said that he hates stapled paper. I suggested him to tell his teacher, not to staple his paper work and it seems that he’s happy with that. He understands the consequences of writing his name on every paper that he receives.
  2. He does not want to read the commands in every work. He always asks questions on how to do the problems.
  3. He complains a lot about his homework and weekly tests. He needs more than 2 hours to finish his daily homework and studying for his weekly tests.
  4. He is smart and loves to read books in free time.

According to story shared by my friend, O is very smart indeed, but he has difficulty to concentrate on certain tasks and tends to avoid any academic activities, such as: reading, writing and studying. He avoids those activities and many other, because he does not understand the purpose of those activities. He hates reading because for him, reading is painful. Through play therapy sessions, O is intervened by giving him understanding on the importance of reading ability. He has to read the instructions of his own chosen toys. He has to understand the rules of the game before he can play that game, with my friend (as his mate).

Regarding his writing problem, I had a letter-writing activity. The first one was to help him remembering names of colors for his English spelling test. If he could not remember on how to write ‘yellow’ correctly, he refused to write that down. So, I decided to write him a letter contains of ‘yellow’ word and I asked him to write the same word in his practice paper. It went well and I was so happy with the result.

Now, my friend and I are working hard to help him find the excitement of studying. If you can help us to solve this problem, please drop it through my email or commenting on this post.

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