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#31 of 41 Old 11-13-2007, 08:07 PM
 
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I have tried to encourage interests that have a greater capacity for broadening and deepening instead of staying just in the same place. I knew one boy with AS who played the exact same train computer game several hours a day. He would speak to people only in the voice from the game and at the same time it was clear he felt stressed that he couldn't connect better with others. In this case I think the parents would have been doing him a service to try to mix it up with other activities and to set some limits on the game. He was stuck in a place with that game and just more and more of it wasn't really a positive for him.

I see that as really different from the way special interests serve a lot of kids. Special interests can be not just comfort but a whole way to learn about the world. Many people grow up careers based on special interests they had as kids. I bet if you surveyed paleontologists you'd probably find nearly all of them had an absolute obsessive interest in dinos when they were kids.
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haven't read the rest of the posts.

But, my special interests (read: obsessions) have almost always served me extremely well. I encourage my kiddos in their interests (one of mine is obsessed with food, maybe he'll be a world famous chef )

I say let him have the dinosaurs.

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I have tried to encourage interests that have a greater capacity for broadening and deepening instead of staying just in the same place. I knew one boy with AS who played the exact same train computer game several hours a day. He would speak to people only in the voice from the game and at the same time it was clear he felt stressed that he couldn't connect better with others. In this case I think the parents would have been doing him a service to try to mix it up with other activities and to set some limits on the game. He was stuck in a place with that game and just more and more of it wasn't really a positive for him.
In this instance I agree with you. Were I his mama I would remove the game and foster the interest in trains in a more *living* way, if that makes sense. (obviously you can't exactly do the real life thing with dinosaurs )

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(obviously you can't exactly do the real life thing with dinosaurs )
sure you can! Go bury one and then dig it up
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sure you can! Go bury one and then dig it up
heck, you are only 6 hours from Dinosaur Valley in Glenrose Texas... you could be laying in a real dinosaur footprint tonight if you left right now
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heck, you are only 6 hours from Dinosaur Valley in Glenrose Texas... you could be laying in a real dinosaur footprint tonight if you left right now
I have thought about taking him there! However gas is a big factor. We dirve a van, and that takes a lot of gas. And I am not sure how he would react to being with large dinos. He is fine with his small toys, but i dont know if he would be scared of a big one... heck hed probably think it was the most awesome thing on earth.

It is a goal of mine to take him there by next fall I know he would enjoy himself!
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Dinosaurs, or anything can lead to everything in the world. Following our passions allows us to experience the breadth and depth of something we love! It is the whole basis of unschooling. By enriching our lives with everything related to our interests, we explore the world. There is geography, history, anatomy, physiology, biology, research, surveying, museums, economics, technology, evolution, religion, climatic changes, illustrations, robotics, ecosystems, extinction, classification systems, volcanoes, spelling, Latin, avians, geology, movies, science fiction, etc. etc.

Found this cool site: All About Dinosaurs. Zoom Dinosaurs is a comprehensive on-line hypertext book about dinosaurs. It is designed for people of all ages and levels of comprehension. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/sub...aurs/allabout/

Wikipedia has a bunch of links to explore also! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur

Scholastic.com http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/dinosaurs/

Live Science: http://www.livescience.com/dinosaurs/

Best Dinosaur Links for Children: http://www.surfnetkids.com/dinosaurs.htm

Teachers Guide to Dinosaurs: http://www.theteachersguide.com/Dinosaurs.html

Wow! Many more links to explore!! http://42explore.com/dinos.htm

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sure you can! Go bury one and then dig it up
ok ok I concede, there are ways to make it a "living" experience Forgive my literal mind, I was trying to say you can't go see a living breathing one Unless of course you know of a Jurassic Park. Let me know if ya do, I might buy tickets

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OK, ok, I'm totally obsessive and annoying, but I just *had* to mention this cookie cutter jigsaw puzzle thing.

Man, I wish my kids were obsessed with dinosaurs. Some people get all the fun.

DD1 = 8 yrs *** DD2 = 6 yrs
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Thank you ALL for the words of kindness, and thanks so much for the links! We have a few of those pages on my bookmarks but the new ones he just LOVED!

I thought I would share with you, some of my sons masterpeices. Look, and you might see the occasional zoo animal thrown in He does this all day haha.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...s/103_0424.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...s/103_0421.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...s/103_0414.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...s/103_0403.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...s/103_0401.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...s/103_0394.jpg

And a little video
http://www.jumpcut.com/view?id=E5402...A9000423CF037A
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OK, ok, I'm totally obsessive and annoying, but I just *had* to mention this cookie cutter jigsaw puzzle thing.

Man, I wish my kids were obsessed with dinosaurs. Some people get all the fun.
i know what hes gonna get for chriiiissstttmmmaaaass! yay! thank you
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