It has been a very busy few weeks for us! Therapy has picked up, we have 2 new therapists, making 4 that work with Dawson now, both morning and after school. Next week it will be 9-5 or 8:30-4:30. Makes for a long day! Some days he will get an hour break between the shifts though. Usually it will be 9-noon and 1-5.
Dawson has been making so much progress! His toddler babble has really cut down and he is using very full sentences! He just got an ipad and we are using it as a therapy and learning tool. He's been doing sight words and out of 4 choices can pick the right one everytime with the first try! I'd say he knows at least 50 words now. He also learned rough, smooth and some other concepts.
Gabriel is walking all over the place, almost running at times! He's been building his vocabulary as well. He can say Dawson, go-go-go, and many other things. He loves having playmates over and is a very social little guy!
We have been practicing good behaviors. I started making short videos of good behavior, since Dawson responds well to watching himself do things. We have a video of him singing where he gets up on the back of the couch. Everytime he sings the ABCs now, he just has to get onto the back of the couch, because it was on the video. So I'm trying to get some of him doing good things and then remind him of that. I even plan to put them on the ipad if I can, to remind him of the right way to do things. The store is one of our struggles and I did get some good videos. I felt goofy taking pics and video in the store, but oh well!
Tada! An organized playroom, where the games are no longer at small child reach, and everything is visible. They have been playing with much more now that they can see what they have instead of it all being in a toybox. The therapists are loving it too.
We had some water and goodies after the walk
I have started something new, something for myself, thought it started with Dawson. Project Astride is a Horse Therapy program for kids and adults with disabilities. Dawson will be riding starting in August. I did my training last week and will be starting my weekly volunteer shifts next week. I will be helping them brush, saddle and ride, walking along side of them so they don't fall, teaching them how to turn, stop and play along with the class. They do some fun games and other things. It's a great program! Here's the link, if anyone wants to watch the video on this page that shows the place and what they do. http://astride.org/about_main.html It feels good to get back in the barn, something I love to do. I took my first horse leader training as well, but will need more training before I do that job. It is very detailed and tough! They say it usually takes at least a few trainings to pass, the next one is in August.
We have a very busy month coming up, but I hope to keep up with this better!!