Elise has never given us high fives before, no matter how much we practiced with her. Elise was in one of her really silly moods and I held my hand out for a high five and surprisingly she hit it! I cheered and she loved that attention so every time after that she gave me high fives. Way to go Elise!
This video cracks me up because at the end I realized I was holding Bryn's sucker in my other hand and Elise couldn't concentrate on anything else but the sucker I was holding. She does give a quick high five in here but did more before I got the video camera.
Bryn and Brock have their daily jobs they have to do before they play. I recently included "service" on there. The service I have them do every day is for each of them to play with Elise. I have been amazed at how serious they have taken to this and how much they look forward to it.
The first day Brock did it I realized the therapist had really taught them how to play with her. I was expecting them to play beside her, sing to her or chase her.
Instead Brock came to ME and asked me where Elise's ipad was. I got it and brought up her app. He went into the sensory room where she was playing with her preferred toy. He was trying so hard to get her to choose a different toy on the ipad but she wasn't interested. He came to me again and asked for me to get her timer on, visually showing her she had one minute until she was to transition to a new toy.
Brock went into the room, showed her the timer and told her she had one minute left. When the timer went off he turned off her toy and tried so hard for her to choose a new toy. I heard her crying and eventually he got her playing with some other toys.
Later he came out and said she had chosen "snack" on her ipad and that she chose marshmallows. He asked me to get her in her chair and I did. Brock got her bowl and set it on her tray in case she started throwing food, like the therapist and me have been teaching her. She ate marshmallows for awhile then chose chips and Brock helped her the whole time. After he asked me if he could take her for a walk in the stroller.
I laughed to myself because this was the exact routine the therapists and I do with her every day. I hadn't realized Brock had caught on and was so eager to follow it.
Bryn had Elise choose on her ipad what toy she wanted to play with and she chose the star light-up toy. Bryn purposely got Elise's chair and table and did hand-over-hand with her, putting the stars on. Elise has just begun to tolerate and kind of enjoy this toy. I hadn't yet seen her actually try to put the stars on and getting really close to doing it before. Her visual/motor skills are very poor so I was glad to see her looking at the toy and attempting to get the star on.
These kiddos are going to be well-trained years from now!
All the kids love this sand and water table! Right now it just has water and I'm sure that's how it'll be for awhile. It's great because now Elise doesn't always have to play in the bathtub and it's something they can all enjoy together. Elise played with it for 1 1/2 hours today! AMAZING!!! Now that is definitely a motivating item.
Yep Elise got in it. Quite a few times actually. Silly girl.
Usually little girls' play time comprises doll houses and babies. This little girl has found her playroom and it's the BATHROOM! She climbs onto the counter sink (this is a little frightening), climbs in and out of the bathtub and throws toy animals in and out. She does this over and over and it makes me soooo excited because she is PLAYING!!!
Yes not typical play but I never expect typical anything anymore. Like I explain to my kids about autism, her brain works differently than ours. It's not bad it's just different and we will embrace and love everything about this cutie!
I was washing dishes and she couldn't stop staring at the water. I finally put her on the counter. She couldn't stop eyeing the water still and knew she had to touch it.
Her feet came in first then...
her WHOLE body!
Haha, it was so funny to watch! She cannot resist water. She's a magnet to it and just has to be in it.
This is probably one of the happiest and proudest moments I've had with Elise! It's so hard to explain how much these moments mean to me. They are precious. After Elise did the whole process by herself I called my mom because I was so excited.
At the beginning of March, Ez and I had a special fast for Elise. We fasted that she would make improvements and learn quicker.
I can testify that without a doubt that our sincere, heartfelt prayers and fast have been answered.
Looking back it started on March 3rd, the day after we fasted. Since that day I feel like I can report progress after progress she has made. It's amazing. She is starting to form a point, she goes on this slide all the time now, and she is making more vocalizations and all the other things I've posted.
I am humbled and grateful for the Lord's kindness and mercy. I also feel like I can "second" what Elder Richard G. Scott has said about learning from the Spirit. By me being aware and writing on this blog, I am able to see our prayers being answered right in front of my eyes. If I hadn't done that I may have missed seeing God's hand in it.
“Write down in a secure place the important things you learn from the Spirit. You will find that as you write down precious impressions, often more will come. Also, the knowledge you gain will be available throughout your life. Always, day or night, wherever you are, whatever you are doing, seek to recognize and respond to the direction of the Spirit.” -Elder Richard G. Scott
I love that a combination of Elise getting braver and her motor planning improving is allowing her to explore and try things.
After we got home from the park tonight I was getting Elise's toothpaste on her toothbrush. I looked over and saw her trying to get in the bathtub. She loves, loves water and I think even though there wasn't any water it was still a positive place for her.
I stood there and just watched her. She is getting more and more entertaining to watch these days. It took her probably 5 minutes of straddling the tub, trying to lift her other leg up, failing, trying again, taking the other leg out of the tub, and trying again. This process went on and on. It was so funny watching her face. Her mouth is open a lot when she's trying something and she tries so hard not to touch anything.
Finally she did it. She was in the bathtub; clothes, jacket, shoes, and all. Then she picked up the toy animals and began throwing them. How could I stop her? She was "playing." She was in there for about 10 minutes, which is incredible that it kept her attention for that long. After so long in the bathtub she climbed out then back in then back out then in.
It's so good to see her branch out and try something.
Elise loves the wind and it was really windy today. Combine that with jumping and this little girl was happy, happy.
I love to capture these moments because they are very few. I find myself just watching her until the moment has passed. She's much more difficult these days and when I see her do something that makes her happy I know I have to stop what I'm doing and take in that moment because those are the times that help get me through the difficult ones.
She loves the feeling of laying down and moving around. She makes me laugh :)
This is what happens when I walk away for a few seconds, oops. Elise just probably thought it was sensory playtime. It seems she really enjoyed the feel of it!
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!