“Surprise Inspection”

Don’t Fence Me In”

We go to Sky Valley Education Center on Fridays so the girls can take some supplementary classes for home school.  While they are in class, I hang out with the other moms and the boys in the nursery area.  All the moms are quite supportive of each other and look out after one another’s kids.  I am so grateful for the friendships I am developing there and the encouragement in working with Joshua.  Thankfully, the nursery area is fenced in, but on occasion, the gate is left open and Joshua likes to escape.  Now, sometimes, he just runs around the tables and hides in the cabinets, but off and on through the day, he likes to take off and do, what I call, “surprise inspections” of the counseling office.  I’m glad for his routines, in this case as he’s pretty predictable.  Joshua likes to run, and I guess this gives him that opportunity.  The folks in the office now know he has autism and are quite welcoming of him.  However, after too many visits, I have to end up either giving him some time in the stroller, or set myself near the gate to keep him in the enclosure.  The little monkey is now trying to climb the gate/fence.

For the most part there, however, he does some parallel play, lays on the tables or floor, or plays with the toys.  Michael and he did do some interactive play this afternoon, which was really neat.  For about 20 minutes, at least, Joshua pushed Michael in a play grocery cart and then Michael pushed Joshua.  Michael was getting mad with Joshua for a little bit as each time Joshua was trying to get over the lip of a rug, he’d accidentally tip Michael out of the cart.  Once I explained to Michael what was happening, he had more patience, but overall, it was a delight to see them interact and Michael respond to my coaching as to how to play with Joshua.  At the time, they were the only kids in the nursery, so they had a lot of room to run and play.  Joshua even took the cart by himself and ran around inside the perimeter for about 10 minutes straight.  He may have had the need to get a lot of heavy work done.  That may be part of the sensory processing disorder, too.

When we got home, Joshua, as well as my other starving children, were hungry, despite having lunch at Sky Valley. Throughout the time I was making dinner, he has gotten into the habit of trying to help himself to the refrigerator, grabbing bananas 3 different times.  He also had some grapes and some olives.  It’s really challenging trying to cook dinner and having Joshua either try to get into the fridge, or pull my rolling office chair up to the counter, what’s scary. I may have to tie the chair to the desk, however, he’d figure out a way to dismantle it anyway.

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