Ironic, isn’t it?
One of the major stereotypes of Asperger’s Syndrome is an ability to function way above average in math.
Poor Jett. He must not have read that part of the book.
Math is killing him right now. It doesn’t help that the teaching style between the school last year and the school this year couldn’t be more different. He comes home with so much homework, we barely have time for living. Needless to say, none of us here at home are a fan.
Math is the worst culprit by far. Somehow Jett has made it to the third grade still adding and subtracting with his fingers. He never memorized his addition and subtraction facts, which makes the higher math harder and take longer.
Couple that with the fact that he does, in spades, have the Aspie trait of not focusing, and the problems with school just become compounded. His teacher pulled me aside yesterday to tell me that he was daydreaming all day yesterday. Yep. I can believe it. His first week of school he complained it was too hard and there wasn’t any time to “think his thoughts”. I guess he’s managed to carve out that time.
He now gets an aid in the morning and last thing in the afternoon to help him with transitions to and from school, including making sure his homework gets copied down and into the backpack. Unfortunately, an aid can’t guarantee the information actually makes it into his brain.
He is a really smart kid. That is part of my frustration. It’s too bad school isn’t one of his super-interests. If he spent a quarter of the energy he spends on memorizing car facts, or star wars facts, or Harry Potter facts on memorizing addition and subtraction facts he would be a star. But alas, right now, that isn’t in his bag of tricks.
Too bad those daydreams don’t include addition and subtraction.