An Autism Diary

A day in the life of David Hartley

Pictures! :)

Sorry for not getting these posted yesterday as I said I would. ย Here are some of the highlights of our adventures yesterday though with David’s horse riding and our trip to Exploration Place, the local hands-on science museum. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย We had a lot of fun but I must say by the time we were heading home, mommy was definitely ready to not do anything else. ย I was tired. lol ย Be sure to read the captions paired with the pictures to learn more about our day’s adventures. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Although we struggled a bit more with focus today from both David and Domino, David still proved to be showing progress in his skills.  :)

Although we struggled a bit more with focus today from both David and Domino, David still proved to be showing progress in his skills. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

David has wanted to be a cowboy for practically his entire life.  Getting to meet Domino and the kind people out at the ranch/stables has been such a blessing for him. :)

David has wanted to be a cowboy for practically his entire life. Getting to meet Domino and the kind people out at the ranch/stables has been such a blessing for him. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

David takes his riding lessons seriously as well as the lessons on how to care for his horse before and after.  This definitely hasn't become some miracle cure for his Autism by any means, but it has given him something that he can both focus on (for the most part lol) and enjoy pursuing.  He is finding his special place in the world. :)  As he has reminded me more than once though, the only thing that could make this more perfect is having a faithful dog by his side.  For now though he does enjoy the dogs out on the ranch in between riding lessons. :)

David takes his riding lessons seriously as well as the lessons on how to care for his horse before and after. This definitely hasn’t become some miracle cure for his Autism by any means, but it has given him something that he can both focus on (for the most part lol) and enjoy pursuing. He is finding his special place in the world. ๐Ÿ™‚ As he has reminded me more than once though, the only thing that could make this more perfect is having a faithful dog by his side. For now though he does enjoy the dogs out on the ranch in between riding lessons. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

After horse back riding, we headed out to the local science museum to have some fun with both boys.  Here is Joshua checking out an Ipad display connected to a model of the Golden Gate Bridge.  There were at least 4 stations attached to that exhibit and they all helped a kid explore the different uses and adventures of engineering and math. :)

After horse back riding, we headed out to the local science museum to have some fun with both boys. Here is Joshua checking out an Ipad display connected to a model of the Golden Gate Bridge. There were at least 4 stations attached to that exhibit and they all helped a kid explore the different uses and adventures of engineering and math. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

This is outside the museum where the rainbow benches and bike racks are located.   You can see here that Woody and Growlers (Joshua's stuffed tiger) got to join us today for the fun and excitement. :)

This is outside the museum where the rainbow benches and bike racks are located. You can see here that Woody and Growlers (Joshua’s stuffed tiger) got to join us today for the fun and excitement. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

This is a picture I took from the video console over at the 360 exhibition station.  I can't remember the actual title but that was the description for it.  I tried to e-mail myself the videos that it took, but my computer won't open the files. It was a pretty cool exhibit.  The boys first had to wait for me to enter a user name in the first computer station, then they stepped into the enclosed area and stood on the center circles while watching a short cartoon clip with robots telling them what they needed to do and asking them to pose for a picture.  Then, they came out and I entered their user name at the second computer station to see the results.  Turns out their were 20 cameras positioned in there to take their picture and the result was a complete 360 degree view of my boys posing for the camera. :)  The little robots helped explain how it worked in kid friendly terms too so my boys got some neat learning experiences in through the whole thing. :)

This is a picture I took from the video console over at the 360 exhibition station. I can’t remember the actual title but that was the description for it. I tried to e-mail myself the videos that it took, but my computer won’t open the files.
It was a pretty cool exhibit. The boys first had to wait for me to enter a user name in the first computer station, then they stepped into the enclosed area and stood on the center circles while watching a short cartoon clip with robots telling them what they needed to do and asking them to pose for a picture. Then, they came out and I entered their user name at the second computer station to see the results. Turns out there were 20 cameras positioned in there to take their picture and the result was a complete 360 degree view of my boys posing for the camera. ๐Ÿ™‚ The little robots helped explain how it worked in kid friendly terms too so my boys got some neat learning experiences in through the whole thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

This was a station where they were supposed to be practicing using the different shapes to built triangles, squares, and rectangles through repeated patterns.  True to David though, he didn't think much of the crowds lined up to do that so he stepped up to the table in between the stations and started playing with the light and shapes and creating his own designs.   He was completely entranced by it too.  He loves creating patterns and his are always so complicated and come out beautiful.  Even if they don't play by the rules generally expected and given. :)

This was a station where they were supposed to be practicing using the different shapes to build triangles, squares, and rectangles through repeated patterns. True to David though, he didn’t think much of the crowds lined up to do that so he stepped up to the table in between the stations and started playing with the light and shapes and creating his own designs. He was completely entranced by it too. He loves creating patterns and his are always so complicated and come out beautiful. Even if they don’t play by the rules generally expected and given. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Here is the one brief moment I got him to look up for a picture.  you can see one of his designs forming on the table.

Here is the one brief moment I got him to look up for a picture. you can see one of his designs forming on the table.

 

He was concentrating so hard and choosing his shapes and design work carefully.  You know he can already see his creation clearly in his head when he won't let you even suggest a new tile to him and starts to freak out if he thinks you are getting ready to touch/mess with his work.  I wish I could harness these focusing skills and tap into that brain of his.  The wonders that are hidden in there I am sure are amazing. :)

He was concentrating so hard and choosing his shapes and design work carefully. You know he can already see his creation clearly in his head when he won’t let you even suggest a new tile to him and starts to freak out if he thinks you are getting ready to touch/mess with his work.
I wish I could harness these focusing skills and tap into that brain of his. The wonders that are hidden in there I am sure are amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Here is Joshua at the same station.  He decided to try and build in the triangle section but quickly discovered it was harder than he wanted it to be.   So instead, he followed David's example and just had fun creating his own design.  Then he gave me a silly face when I tried to take a picture of his work. lol :)

Here is Joshua at the same station. He decided to try and build in the triangle section but quickly discovered it was harder than he wanted it to be.
So instead, he followed David’s example and just had fun creating his own design. Then he gave me a silly face when I tried to take a picture of his work. lol ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I hope you all enjoyed the pictures and the small stories from our adventures yesterday. ย I need to get going for now though to catch my two little tornadoes before they finish “tearing up” the house with their hyperness. ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol ย Have a great day everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

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2 Comments

  1. Horseback riding. Brings back the memories. It was so good for my kids.

  2. Awesome fun!

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