It’s starting to feel like spring! The boys had a busy week – a lot happened at school and we did a TON over the weekend. Between Thursday and Sunday we went tubing, had friends over, spent a day at the zoo, and did “family bed”. . . . . . if I’m tired I can only imagine how the boys feel.
Accomplishments: Thanks to the warm weather, we were able to get an amazing GroupOn for the Soldier Hollow Tube Rides - the longest tube rides in UT with lanes running approximately 1200 ft. The great thing is that there is a lift that takes everyone up so it saves us from climbing the hills.
The reason this is an ‘accomplishment’ isn’t because the boys enjoyed it (we knew they would), but because Twin A chatted up EVERYONE. From the young men running the lifts, to the supervisors on the lanes, he said “HI” to everyone and would initiate conversations. He also refused to have us pull him from the lanes to the lift, he would get out and walk his own tube down. He used new phrases we hadn’t heard before and had a smile on his face the entire time. Twin A was in heaven and we were so proud to see how independent and grown up he acted all day.
Twin B isn’t as adventurous and after a run or two, opted to sit out and we hung out at the bottom of the hill. He did go on a few final runs and he had a blast as well! He enjoyed making smores with us to celebrate the weekend. However, I did notice that a few pieces of chocolate were missing from the little ‘assembly line’ we made on the table. Rascals.
Opportunities: We had friends over Friday Night and we haven’t seen each other since last summer. We have a Thomas the Train track that the boys get very protective over. The track always gets attacked but tonight, it was dismantled and new tracks were made. I know there was a lot of stress and anxiety over that, especially because we put our boys to bed before our friends left. It was good for the kiddos to learn to trust that their belongings would be taken care of ~ not an easy thing to do for any kid, especially autistic kids, but the boys are doing better and I was proud of them.
Tip of the Week: I’m going to use an activity from our OT’s lesson on Friday.
We are working on the finer details of their ‘pincher grasps’ so the boys were given this circle with random circles and numbers. You can see the handout above but the boys had to draw lines connecting numbers in order, which they’ve gotten much better at. However, she made the boys hold a penny in their palm (fingers 3-5) while also holding the crayon, thus the only two fingers they could use to write were their thumbs and pointer fingers. That made the activity a little more difficult for the boys and really put a targeted emphasis on their pincher grasps. Great activity ~ something we will practice more at home.
Have a great week!