我要求承懿写一篇有关理惠老师的文章， 他当然呱呱叫。不过最后还是交货了。写完之后他有点夸张地说：“妈咪，要想这么多年前在 Teacher Rie那里做过的事，很难咯。也很痛苦。” 我听了大大声笑。
I’m known to be a special kid, diagnosed with dyspraxia and ADD that affects my coordination and attention. I didn’t want this, but I just happened to be born like this. So I had no choice but to live with it.
However, my mother was keen on making me change my state so that I could let all these disorder not affecting my life entirely and also, let me fit in with other people so that I looked like a normal person. Other than my mother, there was one other person who also assisted me to fix my coordination and attention problems: Ms. Rie.
I first met her when I was seven. I took a small IQ test and she was quite pleased with my results. After that, I started attending her classes every Monday for an hour in the morning when I was in primary school. I remember that I did some exercises such as throwing bean bags and balls, doing some math questions in a specific way such as model drawing, techniques to improve my handwriting and so on. I have to admit, it was actually quite a hard time doing all those things!
Sometimes, there were also other activities that did not involve throwing stuff around with both of my hands. There was some time where I made my own artwork using some materials such as special crayons that were made out of beeswax. There was one exercise that I would do when I was 8 to 12 years old, it was called the “lazy 8”. So basically, what I had to do was to get the yellow, blue and red beeswax crayons and choose one of them at first. After that, I would use the crayon to draw an “8” shape, lying on it’s side, so it looked like the infinity side. Once I was done drawing the “8” shape with one colour, I would select the second colour and continue to draw over the first “8” shape. The same rule applied to the third crayon. Later on, I realized that this activity was to test if your left and right brain were both connected to each other and to see if your mental state was balanced. It was quite an interesting activity, actually.
Also, the exercises such as throwing the beanbags and balls were meant to improve my hand and eye coordination. I would throw the objects from one hand to another, and back again. Sometimes there were also different styles to how these things were passed. One style was that I had to throw it under my leg and to the other hand. The other one involved me throwing 2 of the objects in each hand, and sometimes switching the objects to the other hand without looking! That was also one of the harder exercises that I had to do. However, it actually works and I’ve been doing this same exercise for about 7 years!
I also learnt a bit of Japanese there, and knew how to differentiate the letters of Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. In fact, the letters and phrases in Kanji were kind of similar to the phrases that appeared in the Chinese vocabulary! I learnt some basics such as how to count numbers, names of countries, and also some other basic phrases with Ms. Rie. However, I didn’t’ really manage to get good at it, and I had very few opportunities to test my Japanese oral skills in life.
Sometimes, Ms. Rie would also let me do my own art in some of her lessons. Once, I used some powder from a special crayon to make my own artwork by dabbing some of the coloured powder onto my finger. Then, I would slowly press my finger onto the paper and move it up and down, and controlling my pressure on the paper. After some time when everything was done, I had produced some artwork that looked decently nice. I would then spray the paper with some kind of aerosol so that the powder would stick to the paper. When I got home, I would place the picture somewhere visible such as the fridge, so that I could admire my “masterpiece”. (Ha-ha, not really.)
After these 7-8 years of “therapy” lessons, I felt that Ms. Rie had actually helped me to make an improvement in my life and I would like to thank her for all that she has done. Now, I was more able to fit into the society and I had learnt a lot of things. Now, whenever I encounter difficulties in my life, I have several solutions to solve the issues by doing the exercises she had taught me.