SNOW! It’s finally snowing today. Let’s hope we get enough to build a snowman this week! I mentioned in my last post that the boys have made great progress in their thumbsucking – they’ve gone a week without their thumbs! Also, I’ve spent hours at night reading blogs from other parents with autistic children – thank you for sharing your experiences! Helps more than you may know.
Opportunities: So, thought I’d mention a struggle point this week. We’ve had a busy weekend with friends and family coming over and visiting. The boys have been doing a lot better with people in the house and ‘sharing’ their toys but our first night was tough. The boys have a few cousins who are younger than them and we had more breakdowns than I expected. I heard a lot of “he’s a bad guy” and other fun phrases. 🙂
Accomplishments: On that same note, the following night we had a friend and his kids over and the boys did so much better. The source of fighting most times is their waterfall train track and if anyone plays with the track or their Thomas trains, the boys usually take note. However, last night the boys were actually playing cooperatively with other children around their train track.
I think part of the reason is our friend who came had an angry bird shirt on, as did one of his kids – our boys LOVE angry birds. Within five minutes, there was an ‘angry bird fight’ with stuffed angry birds flying all over the house. I think that made everyone immediately comfortable and set a fun tone for the evening. The boys were also surrounded by older children last night which I think really makes a difference.
Tip of the Week: The boys are working on their ‘pincher grips’ and writing skills. I’ve posted a few of their OT lessons in the past but this is something that we picked up that the kids LOVE. What kid doesn’t love chalk? I was looking at a chalkboard easel at a big box retailer for $60 over the holidays and just couldn’t stomach forking over that much for an easel.
Well – we were at Ikea that other night and promised ourselves that we wouldn’t buy anything ‘extra’. . . . it’s amazing how that never works out. However, the ‘extra’ we found was an easel FOR A QUARTER OF THE PRICE we would’ve paid at the big box retailer. The easel features a chalkboard and a whiteboard on the opposite side. Along with the easel, we got some chalk, dry erase markers, and a roll of paper (you can see it at as an extra on the page). The kids are in heaven. Here’s the link – THANK YOU IKEA!
What’s great is we also had their OT appointment this week. They don’t go to OT as often as Speech so it was a nice chance to test their writing skills and development. I was EXTREMELY happy to see that for the most part, they are holding their pens properly, with their pincher grip, and the results are below. For those of you who have autistic kids – I think you’ll agree, seeing something like this is extremely rewarding.
All in all – a fun filled week! Great news on the thumbsucking and glad that the toy sharing went better on our second night entertaining.