those of you who know me, know that I'm always looking for a challenge to keep me from getting bored. I think, however, this is one of the best things I've ever done. I am doing homebound instruction for a difficult child---he is moderately autistic and quite a handful. He is 18 and has the same name as my difficult child---and it fits him well. I go everyday from 4:30-6:00. We spend the first hour on learning our basic living skills---reading, math, phone/address/ss. Then we read and write. He is fascinated by superheros---especially the Hulk. He is a big guy---almost 6 ft. and over 300 lbs. He has a lot of cognitive delays and has horrible headaches and is very argumentative with his mom---like most young people are. And he is very ODD. I am able to make him laugh and get past his arguments. I really enjoy working with him. He has a very funny sense of humor and a great imagination. Yesterday we wrote a story about Yunno and Yunnette---twins from Munatia in the X-dimension. I'm going to do another post about how to teach counting change. If any of you have worked with your difficult children with this skill, please give me some hints.