This visit was supposed to be at the park, but me and my son had a rough morning. He discovered his nose and has been enjoying picking it. When I woke up, his face was covered in caked up blood and he was having trouble breathing, like he was congested. After I cleaned him up, I discovered he had given himself a nosebleed, and a bad one at that. By the time we were done sitting together, it was about twenty minutes before the PT visit was going to start and I realized he hadn't eaten breakfast yet. So we had the visit at home.
It was supposed to be just PT with T., but A. the EI service coordinator called and said she had a cancellation and asked if she could come by as well. I told her that it would be fine for her to come by.
When T. and A. showed up, I had some cool news. My son has started saying "go car" a lot. Like all the time. More words are a good thing even if only the speaker understands them. My son has also started climbing! He uses me to climb on to the back of the couch to perch up there and look out the window. He worked with T. to climb from the floor to an ottoman to the couch and then up the back. I was standing behind T. just being quiet and watching them when my son got very nervous and started looking anxiously behind him. He has become more aware of his surroundings which is also good development. When he finally saw me, he calmed down.
He was very apprehensious of A. and T. this week for some reason. He usually hugs A. and smiles at her, this visit he screamed and cried. He is getting his molars in and he grew about five inches last week, no lie he had a major growth spurt, so we were thinking he was just in pain.
T. said not to keep the ottoman static, but to move it from one side of the couch to the other so my son can practice climbing on both sides, using both legs.
We discussed potty training again, but a little more seriously this time. My son does not like to dirty a diaper he already soiled. He will hold his bladder until you change the diaper. Also, he has started taking his diaper off more. We discussed how this could be hard because he is non-verbal. The hints they gave me was to give him a plastic "bubble" book that can be washed off to look at on the potty and then he will eventually relax and go. Also, T. said to take a picture of his potty and put it somewhere visible in the living room/his bedroom/the kitchen, just somewhere visible, and when it is time to go on the potty to tap the picture and say "Time to go to the bathroom." Eventually he will make an association and should be able to point to the picture of his potty when he needs to go.
The other thing we discussed was my son joining a play group for non-verbal children aged two to five or four at the Sensation Station. (http://sensationstationus.com/). The playgroup will do sensory play and use musical instruments. T. and A. are both pretty excited about this. The playgroup will run for 8 weeks and I think it will greatly benefit my son. I should be meeting with the director of Sensation Station June 9 , and I will definitely blog about it. A. filled out a disclosure agreement so she can reach out to the Sensation Station to help chart my son's growth.
That was pretty much it this week, but there has been some progress so like always, I am looking forward to next week's therapy. It continues to help both me and my son.