Hello Beautiful people!
Today we have celebrated some ASD WINS!
We headed out for an early lunch this morning because Daddy wasn't and James had Sensory OT at 1pm. James sat quietly while we had some lunch in the food court. Then he wanted to head to coles for some groceries. I got nothing we actually needed during this little Coles adventure, BUT James pushed the trolley himself, grabbed the things I asked him to get, scanned all items himself and paid for the items ( with Dads credit card of course). The lady at the Coles self serve check out was blown away at how he knew how to do everything. See obviously knew something was amazing about him (ASD) because she commented on how particular he was with the order he scanned and what he put in what bags! TICK TICK TICK successful adventure out with NO MELTDOWNS! And lessons learnt.
I quickly had to race into Medicare before we headed to OT. Has anyone else noticed that there is often like 5 people working in Medicare but only ONE person actually serving the customers??? Like there was even a lady walking around crunching her chips from her kid sized chip packet spitting pieces everywhere as she spoke of the shoulders of the sitting employees. NOT a good look. Are people not professional anymore or are you allowed to eat like a Hyena whilst on the WORK FLOOR because its a government job?
OT was also a huge success today, except for the SPIT that James decided to display on the OT's floor. .... um he hasn't ever done that before so I was gobsmacked at this!
James listened to all instructions, he was expressive in his wishes and he got on the SWING!!!!! Yay! James has an issue with swings. The vestibular input is really good for him and a huge part of regulating his sensory system, BUT swings are unpredictable so James will avoid them where he can. His OT doesn't let him get away with not partaking in the activity. I really love his new OT. She pushes James' limits but doesn't send him into overdrive.
TICK TICK TICK to OT today!
Scarlett and James are now sitting either side of me with their ipads for a little quiet screen time before we head outside for water play. Scarlett is jamming to the B-52's LOVE SHACK!
WOO HOO this girl has taste and knows how to move to the beat (mothers daughter). James is watching Ryans Toys. I actually think James knows a lot of what he knows today because of Ryan from Ryans toys. Maybe I need Ryan to do a toilet training video and James may then decide to use the bathroom! I have really enjoyed this school holiday break. Pretty much all James' therapy, specialists and schooling has stopped except for home therapies with Mummy and Daddy. I have enjoyed not being out the door before 9. It was so nice to go back to OT today though. Lara hasn't seen James in a couple of weeks so to hear her say he has made a big improvement in speech makes me very excited. I am really trying to extend James vocabulary at the moment and extended his two word sentences to 5 word sentences.
One thing I will say to everyone if you are look for a little advice today.... Don't just do external therapy. You have to do therapy inside the home. Every single day, even if it is just 5 minutes. You can set yourself up at home really cheaply, Kmart is the best and cheapest place I have found for a lot of James' home therapy needs. They pretty much have everything! Stay tuned I am going to do a little blog for you on all the Kmart things I have found super useful for home sensory diet therapy.