Today we get back to our ‘normal routine’ of getting our boys out the door at 6:30 and our daughter at 8:30 for school. Being that they are in different school districts, the boys were on spring break two weeks ago and our daughter this past week, we’ve had two weeks of a somewhat ‘lenient’ schedule versus our usual. Man it was fun having them home but now I need to get back to being productive.
Accomplishments: We dared the Discovery Gateway in downtown SLC this past week – we wanted to do something special with everyone at home and it’s been a few years since we’ve gone. It’s honestly, a little pricey compared to other activities we do and I’m always hesitant to plunk down money when I’m not sure how the boys will do.
In all honesty, we had some meltdowns and struggles. For example, it’s hard when a young autistic kid is learning to wait his turn and other anxious little kids just come running up and jump in front of the entire crowd. We both took one of the twins and would stay with them for most of the time and fortunately, there were other parents who were also adhering to the lines and taking turns so that was helpful. The boys did a much better job asking politely and waiting – I was proud of them. All in all – I think we left at the right time but we got two hours there which I thought was quite an accomplishment.
It’s been neat to watch the kids interact more. Since this second week my daughter was home, the boys would come home from school and we’d usually have a friend over. Twin A absolutely worships his older sister – it’s really quite neat to see. He’ll try and copy what he sees her doing, the way she says things, etc. I know it drives our daughter crazy but I also think it’s good for him to pick up ‘kid phrases’ and behaviors from her.
Twin B has really been on his Thomas kick again. Our new thing is taking both boys to the library and letting them pick out a new Thomas DVD each week. There’s always fights over which one we’ll watch first (drives me crazy) but I love that following the DVD, the boys will end up with a new pretend scenario for Thomas that they act out with their trains. . . . fortunately, we are moving away from the ‘crashing’ and ‘broken tracks.’ Last week, every other minute I’d hear “daddy fix the tracks please!” That got old quickly.
Tip of the Week: This is a continuation of last week’s Mrs. McNosh post. I couldn’t find the copies our speech therapist gave the boys and fortunately, my wife found them. The ‘sh’ and ‘th’ exercises have been great for the boys and we are still progressing through it. This link (Mrs. McNosh Drawings) will bring up the pdf. The boys loved the exercises, though one felt that Mr. McNosh looked more like a girl than a boy – pretty funny.
I’ll have my daugther draw them out and we’ll laminate them then we are good to go! Again, there’s sentence patterns in the previous post and don’t forget a ‘clothesline’ and clothespins to hang everything – clothespins are a common site in our OT lessons so hey, kill two birds with one stone! Have a great week!