Splish, Splash, Splosh

"Splish, Splash, Splosh"

Joshua likes Thomas the Train, thanks to his older brother, Michael.  One of the DVD’s they recently got for Easter from their grandparents is one called “Splish, Splash, Splosh”.  Joshua is now prone to say that phrase when he delightfully stomps in any puddle he comes across, no matter how deep, and no matter whether he is wearing his boots or not.  It’s one of those adorable 3 year old boy things he does that I love.  It’s “normal”.  He has such an attraction to water, so much so that when he goes out to play outside, I have to look for any collection of water to dump out or he will sit in it, guaranteed.

In Speech yesterday, and OT today, both Amanda and Annie made mention of Joshua making quicker connections with the behaviors or speech he is being introduced to.  I discussed with Annie, his OT, that in Vision Therapy, Sam is really making him work and he tends to be resistant, and avoidant of tasks that she asked of him.  He is initially interested, but what she is noticing is he is having to work at having his eyes  work together and when it gets to much, he needs time to regroup, which he does by laying down on the floor and obstructing his right eye.  He was taking time to do that in Vision Therapy, quite a lot.  He needed a lot of coaxing to complete the different tasks, such as watching and catching a ball, a feather or touching a flashing dot on a screen.  He was interested but when she insisted that he participate, he would hold back.  I would sometimes help Joshua, in picking up the object, to show him he needs to follow directions, but I could tell he really wasn’t to thrilled as it wasn’t just free play.

Now, in OT, with Floor Time, it was different.  Joshua typically takes the lead.  While in Speech, he is given some freedom, but Amanda, also has been working with Joshua to follow simple directions, vital for his safety,  such as waiting to play with a toy when asked.  It is taking quite a bit of follow through, but, Joshua is responding and I’m seeing it more at home.  He came over to me when asked to take off his shoes and sat down to do so, in OT.  Annie, notes that Joshua is responding to suggestion at a faster pace than he had before, and although he takes time to regroup, it is a shorter turn around time.  He is making connections.  In the past, we would see something the next day that he was being taught.  Now, it’s in a matter of minutes for the most part.   Even Katie, his Developmental Pre-school teacher commented:  “Yeah, we definitely see the processing time too.  Sometimes it’s the next day when he comes out with something we were working on the day before!  But we see it getting better too, making connections quicker than he did before!  Progress is good!”

So, the combination of a good diet and his treatments are definitely making a difference.  When his brain is given every opportunity to be healthy and function at it’s best opportunity, he is learning and responding.  My challenge has been to remind myself that this is a marathon and not a sprint.  It’s challenging, however.  I see many autistic children in the waiting rooms of different ages and wonder what Joshua will be like in 5 years, 10 years and more.  Early intervention is the key, and I believe that is true.  I don’t know if he will be completely “cured” but I will do what I can to give him every opportunity to make the strides he is capable of.  It is what I hope and pray for.

Seeing Joshua walk “the other way” in the side garden before going into our house today, after getting home from the bus, was quite a huge example.  You see, typically, Joshua will run in one direction, clock-wise, around some little trees in the side garden next to the front porch, jumping off the porch , running around the trees, looking sideways and heading up the stairs to do it all again.  Today, he went the opposite way and even climbed up on the porch from where he usually jumps off.   The significance of that one act did not go un-noticed.  I can’t help but be encouraged.

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