Teacher Professor

May 20, 2010

Laundry Solution

Filed under: Gifted,Twice-exceptional — Teacher Professor @ 10:24 am

We are ALWAYS fussing at Ray to clean up his room, put away his stuff, put dirty clothes in the hamper.  As a kiddo with Tourette’s, ADHD, and anxiety disorder, he likes being surrounded with his “stuff”- masses of stuff- and none of it organized.  We laugh, not with real humor, that Ray will someday be on “Hoarding: Buried Alive“.  He has paths through his room until James comes in, shovels it all up and puts it in a box to be hidden in the garage and eventually thrown or donated away.

I have managed to prevail on James not to throw away clothing, since Ray really does need to be dressed- mothers are funny in their demands, I know.  Which means that most of Ray’s shirts, shorts, socks, etc. wind up on the floor.  And then I turn into Wicked Mother who fusses at him to put it away, clean it up, do laundry.  We have tried labeling his drawers.  We have tried reducing his clothing choices.  We have tried washing only the thing that are actually in the hamper.  He likes doing his own laundry and this has worked the best so far, but he either forgets to do it, or wants to wash two socks and that’s it…

But now, Ray has solved his own problem and I am so terribly impressed!  He has invented the Dirty Clothes Balance.

When the dirty clothes hit a weight that overbalances the basket, it is designed to slide down the ramp, which alerts him that it’s time to do laundry.  It’s a bit Rube Goldbergish, a lot of funny, and absolutely brilliant!

The other thing that is wonderful is that Ray HATES for his picture to be taken.  Since he was a baby, he has turned away from the camera’s eye- too invasive, too… something.  He much prefers to be behind the camera.  So for him to want his picture taken means that he is really proud of this creation.

And now, if he could only create a contraption that picked up my husband’s socks…

1 Comment »

  1. I love this!!!!!!!!! What a brilliant idea and the fact that HE came up with it makes it that much more valuable. So impressed!

    Comment by Wendy M. — May 20, 2010 @ 10:42 am | Reply

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