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Lessons for Autistic, Dyspraxic and dyslexic child

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Interestingly Keira saw some videos of herself skiing from our holiday, her immediate response.... “why do I look so slow?”

Adding this to her upset over coming last in the race as she felt she was going fast. Starting think that maybe part of what we are dealing here is another sensory processing issue where her perception of her speed is very different to reality?

Whether this helps us any on our journey I don’t know.
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@NickyJ, just wanted to say that some times kids without any special needs take ages to learn to ski . Our friends daughter is 8 yrs old and has been going with us every year since she was 4. She doesn’t have any known special needs but every year she skies with the nursery ski group in the snow garden. I think she gets a bit uncomfortable with heights so not a big fan of ski lifts. But she is always happy and having a good time with the beginners. And she still spends time with her brother and friends ( who all progressed a lot faster) at lunch time and afternoons . Her mum usually manages to persuade her to do one blue run or two per holiday but that is it..
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Keira has just had 3 whole days of private lessons in Mayrhofen. I exchanged messages ahead of booking highlighting Keiras needs and they were happy for me to book with them and assured she would get somebody patient and understanding who spoke good English.

She got a lovely young lady Maria. Who quickly got a good report with her. She came out of every lessons very happy and cheerful. The last day of the lessons I joined it to get some pointers for my own skiing and to watch how she dealt with her for ideas for when we skied together. I was really impressed by how well Keira was skiing by this point.

Icing on the cake is that Keira really wanted to do the race again as she came last in the race in Radstadt which really upset her. I didn’t think she would be able to as she wasn’t in the group lessons but on the second day the instructor offered it and said she was welcome to do it if she wanted. The race is this morning, I am desperately hoping she gets a place for the first time in her life as it will help reinforce her improved confidence.
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@NickyJ, my fingers and toes will be crossed for Keira this morning. Very Happy
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@NickyJ, Great to hear that she has had a good experience Very Happy
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Unfortunately they weren’t joining the girls with an appropriate level group just against each other. Ellie being not only 3 yrs older and no learning difficulties.

I am sure Ellie backed off to try and let her sister beat her, which I told her not to... any way Keira went down it beautifully. Results and medals at 3pm
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Just read this thrrad, as had not seen it before. Really happy that your daughter has made such progress. Well done you for persevering and getting the right instructor.
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@NickyJ...I think trying to place such a child in all day skiing instruction is always going to be challenging. Half days would almost definitely be for the best, with time in the rest of the day for practice/play/time with the family.

Just on this point, my husband is autistic and he very much struggles with having to listen to people and do things "on their terms" for long periods of time. We did a two day outdoor first aid course recently and he found it very difficult and uncomfortable, and both I and the instructor had to ignore a lot of fidgeting and sighing and general expressions of discomfort (he did want to do this, by the way - he was proud of himself to have gotten through it - but it was pretty stressful for him). If I were to convince him to be interested in snowboarding, there's no way I'd suggest he did full day lessons; the being talked at and having to do social interaction for a full day would totally exhaust him. Obviously, autism isn't the same for everyone, and I appreciate that from a logistics point of view it's not that easy for you to have to work around half-day lessons, but if you still find that your daughter's struggling it's worth at least considering whether the full-day format is working for her.
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NickyJ wrote:
Unfortunately they weren’t joining the girls with an appropriate level group just against each other. Ellie being not only 3 yrs older and no learning difficulties.

I am sure Ellie backed off to try and let her sister beat her, which I told her not to... any way Keira went down it beautifully. Results and medals at 3pm


Really glad she has enjoyed her lessons!
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@juno, the “all-day” lessons are 2hrs skiing - 1hrs lunch which with the other ski school kids and had entertainment, 2 hrs skiing. The instructor engaged with her in a way to make it fun so that when she started to get bored she got her to make a snowball which she likes and then use that in her exercises for example. This is where it needs to be private and not trying to teach a set “syllabus” as the instructor can react to her needs and keep it fun.

Where we are going next year the all day options are significantly longer (lessons start earlier), so I think half a day will be way to go but my choice seems to be 2hrs or 3hrs. Anything beyond 2 in one go I suspect will be counterproductive- however maybe if we book 3 and ask them to stop for a hotel chocolate half way through may be better as that will mean two sessions of just under one and a half hours.... more research needed.
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@Fedess, thanks. We won’t be that way next season but will bear in mind.
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