Yesterday was 60 degrees. Today we had snow. That’s Kansas for you
First, some shots of Zora
From yesterday. She is finally getting how to go forward on a regular basis instead of backwards.
We thought it sounded too quiet downstairs. (wrapped in a Yoga mat in the middle of the playroom floor)
Got started on more formal school. These are taken at the end of the first day, after Dad came back (he left with Zora to do some shopping so Zane and I could have quiet our first day to make it a bit easier). Zach helped him work with his new threading blocks he got for Christmas. It is the perfect toy for him because it combines visual perception, sequencing, fine motor, motor planning and has him accomplishing something instead of just the abstract “do this for the sake of doing it” that so many OT toys have.
A new visual schedule for him. I tried something different this time. I made a list with checkboxes in front (so we can transition him to a regular sort of “to do” list later on), and have the unchecked boxes on velcro on top of each item. When he started the morning the “to do” boxes were all showing, and as he pulled off the piece a “I did it” with a check mark appeared. Works really well and saves me the hassle of trying to figure out what order to put all the PECs cards and have to deal with trying to figure out what to do when one inevitably goes missing. All of the pull off pieces are identical, so I just made a few extra to start with. The “all done” container is just a disposable cup velcroed to the side of the bookcase next to the schedule.
The bulletin board with the day’s completed work. We started the concept “Environment” in Moving Beyond the Page. The first unit (of the 3 under the Environment concept) is “Habits and Homes”. (then “Weather”, then “Community”) I started today with doing some visual cards with some of the vocabulary words and concepts and will dig into the first real “lesson” tomorrow. I really like the curriculum. It really incorporates multiple learning styles. For instance, part of the first lesson was a song, sung to a familiar tune, explaining the parts of a healthy environment, with simple actions. Zora was still there while I was doing the song and tried to join in with the hand movements.
I also introduced a new social story today. I am hoping it helps to start getting him to respond when we call his name.
Tomorrow I am hoping to add some visuals prompts around the house to help him. (like “I am in the bedroom” in the bedroom, or “I am next to the computer” near the computer.)
I decided to go with “next to” because, even though it is a little awkward in some situations, the meaning gets across, and it seems like it would be the most relevant when he is in a high stress situation, like he wandered into the next isle at the store and is suddenly lost…saying “I am in the store” isn’t nearly as useful as “I am next to the potatoes”. Eventually we will work on expanding out the phrases, but getting *something* like that working his vocabulary will help a lot, and save the frustration of wondering if he actually hears us. (and his frustration of “geez, I heard you, go away now” look that I sometimes get. lol)