When Something Doesn’t Work

Last week I posted some pictures of a failed activity I did with Charlie. I printed out a ocean scene on my computer and then had Charlie stick sea horse and turtle stickers on it. I thought it would be a slam dunk.


As a teacher I was taught to “self-monitor” that’s fancy-speak for “figure out where it went wrong.” Ideally, you’re doing this constantly so if your lesson flops in first period, you can start tweaking it so your whole day doesn’t suck.
So I thought about the sticker activity.

Seemed age appropriate. Charlie enjoys sticky stuff. He’s got good enough use of his hands. Hmmmm. . . . vision. Looking carefully at our first attempt it was easy to see that there’s virtually no visual contrast between the ocean scene and the stickers.

Think I’ve found my problem.

So, we tried it again. Since I’m lazy, I just flipped the sheet of paper over–would have been better if I’d printed out a black and white sea scene, but we do what we can, right.

He liked it a lot better this way–even got a little smile.

I think we both learned something.
**If you’re wondering, the red on Charlie’s face is eczema–if we run the heater for like five seconds, he gets it and it takes me a week to get rid of it***
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  1. I Love that first picture of Charlie…"Mom…Really? Are you serious?" Makes me smile.

  2. Nice work!! I am glad you were able to tweek things and make them work- score one for mom!!! Also, you probably already know this but we use Eucerin on Anna's eczema and it works nicely!

  3. Charlie is gorgeous as always, and that face is saying "Come on, Mom" do we have to do this now? :-)

  4. I love your boy.

    Kyle gets pretty bad excema too. From Mike. He gets just about everything from Mike. (No, I'm not bitter at all, why do you ask?)

  5. Candace says:

    That is great Katy! The look on his face is priceless! Small changes are all that's needed sometimes. Good job, momma!

  6. Hi. That is awesome that you followed up on this. I always learn something from you, Katy.

  7. Its great that you were able to take a step back and figure out what he needed to get interested in the project. Great work Mom!

  8. Kristine says:

    Good job! :) If you figure the eczema out, let me know…Katie has freaky sensitive skin.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Awesome blog, and I love how you give each week a theme!! Charlie is so handsome!

    Have you ever tried the "Invisiboard"? My son also has a visual impairment/CP…this board can be placed around a table….then I use brightly cardboard paper or wooden cutouts and VELCRO!! Just wanted to share:


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