A very proud little girl. And she outta be!
In therapy one of Elise's new goals is to replace her throwing food with putting the non-preffered food into the bowl. Throwing food has been a big problem and it is getting worse. If she's eating pancakes and gets to a point that she's either done or doesn't want them anymore, she begins throwing the pancakes, with syrup, all over the kitchen floor. It makes for a big, sticky mess.
The therapist gave Elise a preferred food, (smarties, marshmallows) then a non-preffered food, (rye). I sit behind Elise and redirect her throwing into the bowl while the therapist sits in front of Elise and gives her the food. These are bite sized pieces so it goes pretty quick. When Elise puts the non-preffered food into the bowl, we reward her with a smartie.
Elise put the non-preffered food into the bowl BY HERSELF 17 times today! No prompts with my hand even. I am still blown away at how quickly she caught on to it. The therapist and I were cheering and clapping like crazy and Elise was smiling so proudly for us.
Way to go Elise!
Elise is making good progress!
She has 3 hours of therapy at our home Monday-Friday and I can tell it is making a big difference.
Within the last 2 weeks she has learned how to play independently with 3 toys!!! It is unreal. A miracle, seriously! I am so happy. She's happier and can entertain herself pretty well now. I found her the other day playing with Cal's toy for 20 minutes by herself. It's so good and she has to feel proud of herself as well.
This past week Elise has picked up on the game of, "I'm gonna get you!" Most of the time she initiates it which is incredible. She'll give me this adorable look, run away and giggle then look back to make sure I'm chasing her. Anytime this happens I drop whatever I'm doing and play it with her. I feel the connection with her that I long so much for while we play it. I love it. She especially likes it when I hide and jump out at her. I'm so glad she loves being around people and noise.
We are so blessed and I love this little girl more and more!
Elise has been making some good progress however this last week has been a bit frustrating. Up until now Cal has pretty much been non-existent to her. She has started hitting him and they are hard, repeated hits mostly on the head. Sometimes she'll grab his clothes and scratch him. She's started biting again and the therapists are the victims mostly.
I feel bad.
I feel bad for Cal and I feel bad for Elise.
Poor Cal cries and cries and obviously something's going on with Elise that I don't know about or know what to do. I'm hoping it's a phase!
There are so many things I should be doing every day with her. It's hard not to feel guilty when I don't do most of them. I know all of these things are to help her but either I don't have the time or the energy to do them.
One day at a time.
Our family has been blessed with a very unique opportunity of having a special spirit in our home. Our kids have a very unique opportunity of being able to serve someone they love every day. This is a blessing indeed and I am so grateful they get to learn these lessons of selfless service and love. We are Elise's hands and get to do those things for her that she cannot do herself.
Part of Elise's therapy is family training. We just began this with the kids today. Bryn and Brock will be taking turns each day for 30 minutes learning how to play with Elise and learn her limits. My heart leaped with excitement as I watched the therapist train Bryn how to play with Elise today. Often they play beside her and once in a while they are able to have some sort of interaction but it was so sweet watching Bryn open all the pop-up toys and Elise pushing them down. This type of "play" went on for 20 minutes.
When they were done, Bryn told me excitedly, "Elise looked at me after she pushed down all the toys!" I got the feeling that she yearns for a relationship with her sister. We all do. I am excited for this unique and special opportunity we get to have!
I LOVE being a mom to my 5 kids; one with special needs. There is no greater joy than being a parent! I love each one individually but this blog will mostly focus on our daughter with special needs and our journey with her. Thanks for reading!