Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Yesterday was a near perfect evening ( again I felt I should do more of course- R & I sang songs I followed his lead to the computer - got him to choose and helped him use the mouse - rough housed a little
the big thing really with FT now for me is DOING IT
The podcasts that I am listening to now are really really helpful as well

Monday, August 27, 2007

Floortime weekend

Sauturday was really really bad with R stimming like crazy
the more attention I give him ht eless he stims but point is sometimes I have other things to do like laundry , taking care of the house etc - In the evening we went for a game hot and miserable - R was a total trooper though!
On Sunday one of my friends came - I was bracing myself to meet her as she has a daughter R's age who is very vocal and very very smart -and her kids were awesome but I realised that R has many awesome things about him too- yes and I am not just TRYING to be positive or something - I really do feel it
Our kids are all such blessings - I am so grateful to God for R - R is just so sweet and affectionate and kissed me so many times - he is able to give me more love - though he may not have the words

And I had some sense of peace and gratitude in the evening and spend a large chunk of it playing with R and just loving on him !WHich is ofcourse super thrilling for him - I was really low energy while outisde and doing my FIRM workout
I need to do MORE floortime
I think I have figured out the nuts and bolts
All I need is to do it


This is my plan for the evening
  • Floortime - observe - follow R's lead and build on it
  • Encourage verbalisation
  • PECS
  • Swimming and rough housing

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Yesterday was not a particularly stellar day for Floortime
I think I may have only done a serious hour of it - we went to the Mall and R had a great time I think overall - he did no take a nap at Daycare so we basically focussed on keeping him awake till 9 o clock - as the last night he had been up till one
Well you do what you got to do !!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

PLAY Project

I was really upset that no one was watching the CD at home so I just brought it to work and have been watching it on my lunch break!
Its really interesting"

  1. We are definitely on the right track in using comfort zone activities and working on opening and closing more circles of commuication BUT WE NEED TO DO MORE !!!!
  2. Plus we need to EXPAND the comfort zone
  3. Plus a child can fluctuate between several Functional levels like R does - the important thing is the predominant level at which he is at - R is definitely at the joint attention level
  4. Another interesting and positive thing I think is that R's comfort zone activities involve other people -his activities are nursing, cuddling, rough house, water play - the no-person involvement thing is really TV
  5. I got some great ideas for sensory play - roll in the rug, balance on the ball , swing in a blanket , chase , bubble gum bubbles

ANyway I am just going to try more minutes of what I am already doing today evening and see how it goes !!

Yesterday evening was really nice - R woke up in a good mood and went off to Daycare with no tears
Fingers crossed - I think he is finally settling in with the grandparents - Evening was good as well
We started off with Nursing and Singing with Grandma - Old Mac Donald - R loves this and I have notied that even when we res singing together he will look at granma
We missed certain things - like when I would whisper the words not sing them he would touch my mouth
Today I also discouraged him from hump&*($ - he took it well - when I said No and quickly put his fingers on my mouth to try and shape it to a smile which of course he got
We played Bab Sandwich on the bed
Tickle time and alsoPeeka boo and ROw row row your boat - he just loved it
Then he watched TV with Gran who fed him - she is a master at getting into the show with him
Then we did bath time sang letters songs
Tehn we listened to more music
Then I got the DVD player out to do my exercise video and he remembert hat this was a DVD player and ran in wih the Little Einstein CD and tried to give it to me- I said No and told him this was Mamma's turn
He tried to make a couple of word approximations while we were playing - buh for boy to repeat - good boy and ppppp for Up - Its encouraging and I am trying to not be bitter about how much furhter ahead he would have been in expressing himslef if he was not on the Spectrum

He also handed me the remote several times to turn on Little EInsteins

Monday, August 13, 2007

The last 10 days have been really really bad - I have been in a bit of a bog and have been feeling frustrated that no - one is wanting to watch the CD with me
DH appears to be in slow mode . and R is just busy stimming all the time
Plus its been so hot that even I dont have the motivation and energy to get out of the house and do something with R
its soooooo bad
Anyway I finally got the CD to work today and watched it at lunch and I am plannning to stay at work during lunch everyday till I finish seeing it
And I will also just go ahead and do my routine everyevening
though I feel tired from the inside

Floortime Lite Mama

On my life as the mother of an adorable 5 year old with Autism and Apraxia