Tackling fears :) He's come a long way!
We had a good therapy day today.
Our wishes were granted and they seemed to finally better understand our concerns and were happy to oblige, which I am relieved about. The head therapist has a much better handle on Ben, not babying him when he gets silly or pretends to act like something is too hard. She understands the need to have him looking at you before giving instructions, and to not let him get away with the easy way or giving up too soon. This was the first session they actually gave me practical suggestions on what to work on when we aren't there. So we will be meeting just once a month for more of a consult vs therapy sessions, where they can assess progress he has made, and give suggestions or 'homework' on what to be working with him on next.
A proud moment when we were there today...we have been working on learning to count to 100 at home (why not aim high, I figured!), and he was able to show off by counting during the different exercises all on his own. Only trouble he had was going from 19 to 20 and 29 to 30, etc. He has the pattern figured out and knows what comes next. It was cute and he loves being praised. As much as he loves to chatter, it helped keep his mouth busy as well!
For OT at home, we will be focusing on developing his core body strength muscles as these are the foundation for the ability to do most everything else. They showed me how to have him do a modified version of pushups, situps, and supermans today, and those will be easy to just add into a simple exercise time with Ben's siblings. We've already been doing wheelbarrows and crawling through a popup tunnel and balance beam type stuff as well... simple things, but they all help. In addition to that, using Thera-bands, we will do stretches with his hands/arms in different directions just like they've been doing with him there.
As for fine motor skills, we'll continue doing the clothes-pin pinching onto the side of a container, lacing beads, cutting practice, putty/playdoh activities etc. They want me to work on basic letter strokes, without actually writing the letters...so lines up and down, across, circles, etc. I am still working on getting more activities set up that will reinforce different skills and provide some variety during school time.
Putting popcycle sticks into the hole.
Another mom shared this website that looks like it may have good speech ideas-the worksheets look good for working on articulating the pronunciation of specific sounds. I haven't explored it much yet... http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/
Burning off energy with laps around the house!