Wordy Wednesday – dexterity

Ms.Wordy Wednesday drops in for a chat:-

“My, my, my! Photograph with label! Your photographic skills are coming along nicely!”
“Actually that's a very old photograph, things have gone downhill since then.”
“?”
“The old computer had a photographic programme and the new computer doesn't, so whatever I snap is whatever I'm stuck with.”
“Why don't you download the old program?”
“I don't know what it was called.”
“Hmm give me a mo and I'll try and find a recommendation for you.”
“Make sure it's a cheap one!”
“Don't worry, it'll be ……….idiot proof!”
“Very fitting.”
“So ……it's a 3-D puzzle thing? Are those magnets?”
“Yes indeedy.”
“Fun.”
“Fun for some.”
“Ah……not for some others? Yours?”
“Mine.”
“Doesn't fall into the category of preferred activities then?”
“Torture.”
“Lack of motivation?”
“You really get this don't you! You should go into special ed, you'd be a real asset.”
“So this is another mega achievement?”
“Magna! Got it in one.”
“Does this link to last weeks one on hand strength.”
“Yes. Tell you what!”
“What?”
“See that pencil by the side of your computer? Pick it up.”
“O.k…..and?”
“How did you pick it up?”
“With my thumb and forefinger.”
“That's called a pincher grip.”
“And?”
“It's very difficult to do, to get those two fingers to connect and be strong enough to lift something.”
“Geez. Really? What do you do about that!”
“Practice. But it's hard because they're not really motivated, and there's always the texture thingummy too.”
“I can't believe how that tactile defensiveness stuff gets into everything.”
“Indeed. But that's only the little one.”
“What about the bigger one?”
“He has different issues.”
“Such as?”
“He has trouble with depth perception, seeing where things are in relation to other things, but I won't go into that now.”
“It's hard to believe that there's so much stuff going on all at the same time.”
“Sometimes it's hard for me to see the wood from the trees. Also it's really hard for them to make their bodies move in the way that they want them to move.”
“How do you mean?”
“Say you try to pat your head with one hand and rub your tummy in a circular movement with the other at the same time.”
“Oh that old trick.”
“Difficult! That's what it's like for them for lots of ordinary everyday tasks.”
“Lummy.”
“That's why the magnets were so great.”
“Ah, because they didn't have to be that precise in their movements, just near enough and the magnets would latch on.”
“Exactly. And do you know what the best bit was?”
“What?”
“As he tried to put them together his hands were quaking with the effort and finally he made that cube.”
“Oh yes, success is always gonna be self reinforcing, he'll try again, have a sense of achievement.”
“We all need a bit of that in our lives.”
“So how long did it take to get to that stage?”
“Don't even go there dearie!”
“Probably…………….much quicker than you will with the photoshop programme!”
“!”

…….

If you are interested in something more practical, you may wish to read my piece on “guided imaging” over at “Trusera.”

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