The Communication Board


Last weekend, Tyoma made his own “Communication Board.”

At first, I was not sure what he was up to. He prints out Boardmaker stories so often, I tune out his babbling and printing.

He requested a ruler and poster board. I am no stranger to giant ruled calendars. I retrieved his supplies cheerfully. He looked so cute with the marker and ruler that I took a picture.

I doodled as he drew,  jumped, and talked to himself.

He got my attention, however, when he asked for the scissors. Last time T asked for scissors, he discretely ventilated the crotch of his pajamas. Now, I supervise scissor time very closely.


After Tyoma cut out his pink grid,  I whisked the scissors away. We laminated and velcroed the icons he printed.

Finally he announced that he needed a hammer and some nails.

“What for?” I asked.

“To put up my schedule so I’m not silly in the morning. I don’t want to be silly.”

I am not a tearful person, but I was overcome. I finally understood that he spent the entire morning building something to help him navigate the world.

He had walked me through all the steps, but I did not recognize his goal. I felt saddened by my lack of insight and understanding.

My son is a little jewel, struggling with sensory sensitivities but blessed with the desire to help himself . In his heart, he yearns to be a good boy. Let no one label him otherwise.

project final

4 thoughts on “The Communication Board

  1. Wow, this bring tears to my eyes as well, especially seeing how intent he is on doing a good job. I am reminded of how Ross Greene says, “Children do well when they can.” And here he is, setting up the system he needs to do well – amazing!!!

    1. Thank you so much for the comment.

      I really like the Ross Greene quote, As a parent of an AS child, I need to remind myself during meltdowns and frustrating days–he’s trying his very best.

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