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I was warned not to do it
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but I did it anyway. My 8 yr old non verbal friend with Autism was destroying glue sticks when he tried to use them. No matter how much control I tried to take, he would always roll that glue stick out and press really hard. There would be glue all over what he was gluing and the glue stick would run out in less than a week. I asked the OT specialist and the special ed teacher to help me come up with a strategy to teach him to use glue sticks properly, but they didn't have any different ideas than I did. I remember in the old days all of our children learned to use liquid glue, so I brought in old fashioned liquid glue. I was advised I would regret it. The OT specialist gave me a couple of tips, like putting the glue on a piece of paper or in a dish and giving the student a cotton swab to put the glue on with. That seemed like a mess, so I decided I would have full control over the glue and the student could glue his paper down. After several weeks of this, I began to let the student have control over the glue bottle. I only opened it partially so that it would not come out as fast. At first it was a little messy but he tried so hard to get it right. He even opened and closed the nozzle, examining it very carefully until he understood how it worked. Now he can glue the tiniest strip of paper with a minimal amount of glue. We are not getting messy and he is not having a meltdown over the glue. I do not have papers all over the classroom drying. I am so glad we are using regular glue. Maybe before the end of the year, now that he knows he does not need a little glue, we will try to transition back to using glue sticks. For now, I am excited, excited enough I took a work sample out to the car loop to share with his mother.


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That's great! Congratulations!
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I'm so glad you found something that worked for him!
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You wouldn't have heard it from me! I hate glue sticks and do not have them in my room. I teach the kids how to use glue bottle. I found a top once called "tap-it", but it tool a significant amount of my time to constantly wash them. Now, I just use the Elmers white glue. I don't use the school glue because it is thinner and runnier. Generic is even thinner.
Squeezing is also a great fine-motor skill!
Be proud, thinking outside the box is often a very good thing!
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That's awesome. I bet mom went home with tears in her eyes; those little victories are HUGE for everyone (except the kids who have no idea ). Way to go.


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thanks for the encouragement
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I do believe this was big for this child. I am glad to know others do the same thing. I made a big deal of it at school too. I am the para - I called the classroom teacher over to see, and she squealed and gave him a big hug. Then I called the spec ed teacher over and she did the same thing, her style of course. Then we walked to the OT office to share the news with the OT specialist who always makes this kid feel good.

You know this kid isn't used to receiving this kind of praise. He just didn't know how to act. He had a grin from ear to ear. He couldn't speak but his face showed it all.

There was more to the assignment too. He was given five words and asked to make a sentence, which he did correctly right away. He was even willing to read the sentence to me, which is a big deal for this kid. He struggles with handwriting, but the OT specialist showed me to make letter boxes him. After I made a big deal out of the good glue job (before he finished the worksheet - before telling anyone else), he was willing to take his time to make his letters. So our celebration was for the whole worksheet, even though the gluing was the part I was really pleased about.
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Good for you!
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No guts, no glory!
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It has been mostly success, but we have our days. We actually took a break from all gluing when we went through a period of unexplained tantrums. Thankfully, we are back to gluing. This week we are gluing popsicle sticks for a mini-society project. He is being ever so careful, and if anyone is using too much glue it is me as I rush to increase production. We have to make thirty of those popsicle stick trays.
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