Isaiah is 51 months
This week we finally got back into the speech therapy list for our alphabet school. Since it's been a while, I'll just say that the use of the alphabet is more for me to have a spring board for activities to try with Isaiah. I'm doing my best to make them interesting for him but also productive as far as the therapy goals that his therapists in the States gave me before we left.
We picked up with the next letter on our speech therapy list, which was G. And G is for...
I drew the big and little G on his drawing board in green crayon. We found all his shades of green crayons and markers and he actually colored and did his horizontal lines very well! I think it's more difficult for him to do his other lines and circles while standing as he has to work hard just on balancing at the same time, but he did great with his balance! He was able to let go of his walker with both hands several times for several minutes.
Oh, and it was all his idea for his friends to sit with him while he worked on his drawing board. I LOVE how he is getting better at telling me what he would like.
He also found his play doh several times this week and asked to play with it. He would bring me the container and say All mine, which I thought was a creative way to let me know what he wanted.
I tried to get him in his braces even more this week. He did really well walking around our little space.
We were also able to go outside a lot more near the end of the week! I had to take more sitting breaks than in the past, but as long as he could watch the cars go by, Isaiah didn't seem to mind one bit!
Things that Go
When Isaiah had occupational therapy, he HATED working his puzzles. I hadn't pulled this one of some trucks out in a long time. I just nonchalantly put it on the table to see what would happen. He immediately started taking out the pieces and even tried to put 3 of them back! One piece was almost in the right spot! I was thrilled, so I told him to smile for a picture with the puzzle, and this is what he did...
Ok, this is a stretch, and I don't think I ever said this word with him, but when he asked for his "colors", he did well moving them from one place to another, or gathering them. :)
But I did some gathering of my own. I've been wanting to organize Isaiah's toys for a while now, and I finally had the energy and time (all at once!) to do a deep clean of his room and organize things a little better. My preference would have been to get flat containers with lids to slide under his bed, but that would mean spending money, so I just used the crates that we had, and it works all right. We have one for "Cars, Trucks, and Things that Go", one for "Legos" and one for everything else.
I was also able to finally get the posters up that our cousin sent us! Unfortunately I can't get the glossy ones to stay up, but the alphabet one is doing well. We look at it together, and I've found him looking at it when I get him up from his "nap". Just some passive learning with it right now, but I'm sure it will be even more helpful later!
And what would G week be without some serious guitar time? Isaiah's little guitar finally met its end, so he had the special treat of getting to strum Daddy's guitar a few times this week.
We continue to work with Isaiah on his children's catechism questions. We are having a bit of a dilemma however, and I would appreciate any advice. For the past 3 years, Isaiah has been able to do the first 2 questions without any problems at all. We added the 3rd question about a year ago, and all was going well. Suddenly, however he wants to answer the first 2 questions with the answer for the 3rd question. It's like it's stuck in his head or something. We're having a hard time discerning if this is behavioral/needs discipline issue or a genuine part of some of the learning difficulties that Isaiah might have. He does tend to get stuck on certain words or answers in other situations as well.
We are trying to develop some more interesting ways to review his catechism with him to see if maybe he's bored with the process. I have to give my husband kudos in this area as he has been the main one to try new things.
But any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.
And just in time a wonderful package arrived with some fun goodies for Isaiah (Thanks, ST!). He seems to really like glasses, and I was thrilled to have some pipe cleaners, which I thought would be perfect for making him some play glasses. My husband whipped some up in no time!
(my husband is less than thrilled with this picture, but it was the only one I had with Isaiah's cute play glasses, so sorry, honey)
Lord willing, we'll continue our alphabet school this week. We're pretty much taking things one day at a time here as we wait for our Little Lady to join us in the outside world.
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