Christmas tree season! I picked out the perfect one at the tree farm. A sweet young girl who looked about fifteen years old hoisted that tree onto my SUV and started tying it down.
I engaged her in some conversation while she quickly and capably did her job. Of course, I commented on how skilled she was at tying her knots.
She told me, “I grew up on a farm. And my dad was in the military. So he made sure I knew a lot about tying knots.”
Then she started to share how it wasn’t unusual for big burly men to try to out-do her. She said they put the trees on the vehicles backwards and don’t know how to really tie the kind of knots that would keep the tree secure all the way home. Then she laughed a bit. “They don’t think I know what I’m doing.”
I was impressed
And I need to admit. I don’t know how to tie those strong, fancy knots. Do you?
If you do, is it because you were a Boy Scout?
Got me thinking
This is a great life skill. It’s not autism specific. It’s really good for all of us who were not Boy Scouts.
But I think it’s especially good for our students on the autism spectrum. Think about it. We tend to stop at tying shoes. There’s really a lot more that they could learn that would be really good life skills. And it’s a bonus for them if they know how to do something that others don’t know.
Need a Christmas gift idea or a stocking stuffer?
This could be your good idea.
Check it out here.
And here’s a bonus
Books like this are very visual. That’s exactly how our students with Asperger’s and autism learn best.