I think it’s hilarious when our friends in Oregon are posting pictures of snow and awful weather and we had absolutely gorgeous weather – shorts and t-shirts one day! The boys were happy to bring out their Angry Bird shirts and run around at the park.
Accomplishments: So ’tis the season for IEP’s apparently. Our situation is a little interesting since our IEP’s were done with the current school our boys attend that is an Autism Targeted School. However, they receive services from our local school district for speech and OT at two separate schools and there is even a third school that hosts the preschool for special needs that our boys would attend if they weren’t in their current school.
So, besides doing IEP’s with their current teachers, we had a third mtg with the local school district, the preschool advisor and their two therapists. The two therapists travelled across the school district to come and the preschool advisor hasn’t seen our boys since we started at their current school, but was there for the IEP. Yes, it’s “her job” technically to do this but at the same time, you can tell that she genuinely is interested in their progress and their well being. We actually have a tentative visit scheduled so the boys can come by and say hi. I mean, how many people would want to take time out of their day to do that? Awesome.
I was a bit bummed to hear one of the current tested percentiles but at the same time, to think about where they have come is outstanding. I am EXTREMELY GRATEFUL for all the individuals that have met with us about our boys and are currently helping them grow. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Opportunities: The boys are learning about ‘class leaders’ that will lead the class to lunch, recess, etc. Both boys have become more independent in school – Twin B especially loves running errands for his teacher. Now, the issue comes in when they both want to be the ‘leader’ at home. Ugh! “NO I WANT TO BE THE LEADER” and so it starts. . . . hilarious.
Tip of the Week: This is a program called Boardmaker and our speech therapist uses it on her Mac.
The program isn’t the tip of the week since I heard it is a little pricey, it was the visual instructions that the boys did extremely well with. She made a few slides that showed them how to make ice cream shakes and we made small shakes. This helped quite a bit with the “into” direction that Twin A, especially, is working on.
The takeaway I had from this was that I can draw a few steps, or even make it on powerpoint on how to, let’s say, bake a cake. If I detailed it out a little for the boys “3 eggs (picture cracked), into bowl” I bet they could figure it out and help me bake a cake. Hmmm. . . . . exercise for spring break! I bet I can make it in powerpoint with pictures from the web and it would be just as good as this. Maybe I’ll make it and post in a future post.
One of our friends painted this of our kids. . . . . I have it above our computer and look at it everyday. Man she is talented but I love how she captured our kids. Have a great week!