Last Monday I mentioned that Caleb had taken a “field trip” to Dunkin Donuts while at school (“Um, we have to tell you something.“) I know for parents of typically developing kids this sounds like a complete waste of school hours but those of us with kids with fragile X know that real life experiences are better teaching tools at times than 1:1 instruction. SO, we have no problem whatsoever with these trips.
Yesterday, they did a repeat trip but this time they did an amazing job of tying this in to Caleb’s IEP goals.
Yesterday, they didn’t go just for themselves, they took orders! Caleb had to visit all of the first and second grade classrooms and take the teacher’s order. He did the asking, the teacher wrote the order down for him. Once they had all of the orders, they went to Dunkins.
After one brief misfire, when Caleb tried to order lettuce (that’s a Subway thing), he proceeded to place the entire order with the cashier. There was no line so the cashier was able to take the time to slow down and listen to him and she was able to understand him! He paid the bill, in cash and then they returned to school and delivered the drinks.
How awesome is that? He did a fantastic job and it hit on math, social skills and speech all in one trip. They also noted that he “did better” at sharing the munchkins they brought back to the classroom…I’ve played that game with him before and gotten nothing, the kids are more persuasive apparently.
I’m thinking maybe we need to work on this skill at home, it’s important that skills be generalized beyond a school setting, right? Which means, I get educational Munchkins…my very favorite kind! Mmmmmm…learning….
25 thoughts on “Dunkin Donuts, revisited”
OMG!!!! That is so awesome! What fabulous teachers and awesome DD staff for being patient with him! <3
I know! I was so impressed and excited. They’re thinking they might try Whole Foods next time which would be a real challenge for him!
I also think it says a lot about you and Eric as parents. A lot of parents wouldn’t be able to see outside of the box enough to realize that this is an important life skill he is learning. They would be mad that their kid was taken out of school for donuts. I, on the other hand, think it is fabulous!!!!
Plus, it helps that the official DD logo is- The Welin’s run on Dunkin…. (insert trademark symbol here)
Thanks 🙂 We live so far outside the box that’s it’s usually harder on us to get back in, lol. The Welins DO run on Dunkins!
The “box” is overrated….unless it’s a munchkin box!
That is awesome!
Fantastic in so many ways! Good for those teachers and more importantly good for Caleb for being able to do all that! I am so proud of him!
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thats so awesome! when did the class go on a field trip to there – there wasnt any mention of it in the note we received when brandon came home from school!
I don’t think Brandon was at school those days
well maybe when they eventually hang out outside of school together we can get them a dozen donuts box from there – that should entertain them well enough!!!
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