Natalie - 'Parents as Teachers' doesn't make it to this blog regularly... but we did have 3 sessions today. DS was acting out already this morning starting at 8:30. He is seeming to have trouble with Sissy being a part of things. She's a part of this (we'll call it an activity since she's not a therapist) activity because it is just a parent session talking about child development, brain development and activities to do with your kids. We usually do a craft and chat and she usually gives me some good tips for things going on this month. We barely cracked open the material because of 3 time-outs, 2 warnings, diaper changes, a bottle, and multiple meltdowns.
OT - Mitzi came in and did her normal thing. I told her how our morning session went, just to warn her. DS didn't really want to participate. He saw an alphabet game in her bag and only wanted it. He let us play cars (a game to encourage pretend play) for about 5 minutes, but continued to say 'All Done Cars'. Good sentance, Good words, but NOT what we were looking for. We finally let him play the alphabet game and he got really fixated on letters and never re-directed to anything else. I'm going to chalk it up to a bad day & he just needed his coping mechanism to help him through his day today.
DT - 'Oh How I love thee... let me count the ways....' Ok, that's a little far, but I DO love Suzanne. She is a breath of fresh air. She knows exactly where I am. She sees him in all his wonderfulness and all of his struggles. I don't quite know how she does it, but at the moment I'm going to call her my 'Superwoman/Supernanny'.
We started the session talking about 'Boardmaker', which is a program that helps make those PECS Picture cards that she and Ron have been talking about. She wanted us to get all the toys up and out of reach so DS would be forced, ok... lets say encouraged to use his words. Play is MOST of what a 2 year old is all about and (unlike food) they are GOING to get those toys somehow. So, I've been MORE than excited to get started with this new change, but didn't really know where to go past moving the toys. I took pictures of everything... bin by bin... so he could have a written word for each toy that he might have a choice of playing with. Her program easily formats a picture and a word label on a small square card. She is going to print them, laminate them, and velcro each one of them for us & next week we will have a 'storyboard schedule for him'. We can use it to show him choices for toys, foods, to tell him what we're going to do today etc... It might seem a bit extreme for our verbal child, but he is kinda stuck in his rut of specific phrases, so I think it'll be great. Eventually it is supposed to turn into him spontaneouly picking the card he wants (so he can visualize it first) and then come ask us for whatever he wants.