What Can Thumper Do?

Trying to explain Thumper’s skill set to someone unfamiliar with autism is hard, but here’s an example…

After weeks of work, Thumper can copy a block design that I hold up and show him.  First, he learned to copy designs by placing the blocks directly on top of the card.  Then next to the card.  Now, I can hold the card up, he can select the correct blocks, and he can correctly copy the card’s design.

Paying attention to detail and copying is such a huge part of how we learn, but it’s a skill that usually kids pick up and apply to their own lives without intensive therapy.

Welcome to Thumper’s world, which – thanks to his work on attention-building skills – is becoming a little bit bigger all the time.

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