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|Mon, 05-04-2009 - 3:00pm|
So many have asked how JB is doing, so I thought I'd give a little update. Honestly, he's doing a lot better than I am.
He's been to the autism center for some social development workshops, which have helped tremendously. He still needs work there, but he is now social enough that he can engage in games with the other children in the area. We are still working on non-verbal interactions, but I have to say that he is making tremendous strides socially. He is spending so much time at the autism center, they are able to see more of his behavior. This is a love/hate thing for me. It's good in that they are able to get a better picture of where he is. On the other hand, they say Asperger's so many times in a session, it's making me defensive. He's way too young to be diagnosed for Asperger's - even with them. I know they are just trying to prepare me, but I got it the first 19 times they mentioned it.
As he continues to develop, his senses are developing too. As a result, we are dealing with a lot of sensory issues right now. Not only is it tactile anymore. Now we have sound, light, and taste sensitivities. On the bright side, we were able to identify these very quickly and put plans into place in a matter of days or weeks at the latest. We still focus on the tactile sensory issues primarily, but have put into place a number of plans to help him be comfortable in his environment so that he can do 'normal' kid things. He wears noise canceling head phones a lot, I put dimmers on all the lights in the house, etc. It's amazing to me how quickly he is catching up with his motor skills now that we have his senses under better control. His motor skills are really taking off.
I am struggling because I do not consider a lot of the therapy exercises he has to do a lot of fun. Primarily because it is so much work to get him to do the things he does not want to do. It's not a ton of fun for him either. We do take some time out each day to just have fun. Afterall, he is 2. But everything else we do works on social/physical/sensory development or some combination thereof. I do try to make some things as fun as possible. For example, his sense of taste and smell are really taking off. He has shown a great interest in spices. So I let him smell and identify the various spices in the spice rack. His newest thing is to see if he can identify those spices in his meal. So he is learning the basics of food science right now and the basics of flavor combinations and cooking. It's the very basics, but he's 2.
Cognitively, he's still out of the park. Extremely intelligent.
All that said, I am very grateful we caught his sensory issues so early. There cannot be enough said about early intervention. The OT has told us that JB has a number of strengths. The fact that he is already learning to use those strengths to help himself out is amazing. Because we have put so many things into place at such a young age, we are very hopeful this year is our rough year. He is responding so well to OT that the doors that were closing at the beginning of the year have begun to slowly crack back open.
My apologies this turned into a novel. I have to run because someone has decided there will not be a nap today. Sigh.