First Week of Camp Report

Joshua ended up having a fever and a chest cold for Tuesday and Wednesday of his first week at Summer Camp.  I was so bummed as I really want him to get the most out of this experience.  His first day back, he had a new Playtime Player, Jan, who was quite experienced and even works with autistic kids in their homes on a professional level.

Thursday, Joshua was so excited to be back and to play, despite his lingering cough.  A highlight of his day was taking turns running down a dirt hill with another boy, as well as playing on the big toy and slide.  He has that need for joint decompression and they discovered he likes to jump off items, such as the big toy.  To make it safer, thankfully, they put a 4 inch thick mat in the area for him to jump on.  Perhaps this boy will end up as a stunt man, who knows?  Jan reported that toward the end of camp, he started laying down and she thought, perhaps, he was still getting over his cold virus.  She and Alek, the camp liaison, discovered Joshua’s favorite way of engaging:  tickling, and they drew him out to play in that way for the remainder of camp.

Friday, Joshua made me laugh when I dropped him off.  The boy has absolutely no separation anxiety.  I had stayed a bit longer to talk to the lead  Occupational Therapist, Jeannette, to pick her brain.  Joshua came back over to where I was after about 10 or 15 minutes and said, again, to me, “Goodbye, Momma!” and gave me a push to get going.  It reminded me of the SNL skit from years ago with David Spade and Helen Hunt ?v=OEGO9ZF2 “Bu-bye”.  He’s not that rude, but the message got across.  Joshua uses gesture in such a powerful way!

When I came back to pick up Joshua, he was playing in some play houses and the older kids and I joined in while I got the report on how he did from Jan.  Joshua actually does a pretty good job engaging with others and is needing to work on learning appropriate boundaries and safety limits, as well as language development.  They played back and forth with little dolls which Joshua played as though he were putting to bed.  From the description, he seemed to be mimicking our bedtime routine, even giving the little doll a kiss.  This is a developmental level that most 2 – 3 year olds have down and Joshua is, gratefully, making progress.

Here are some pictures from Thursday and Friday with his Playtime Player, Jan:

"More Tickle, please!"

Joshua's non-verbal cues speak volumes: "Momma? Why are you still here? Good-bye means you have to leave."

Jan joining into Joshua's play.

Joshua is eager to go to camp, each day and we are excited to see what he learns and how he develops for the next 3 weeks of camp.  Thank  you, for joining us on this journey; for your prayers and for your support.

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