Monday, April 4, 2011

He's All About Communicating.

Wysdom was described recently as being "communicator". He his signing, saying some words and just all around telling us what he wants. He is using lots of non verbal cues to communicate with us. We go to a lot of different therapy appointments and one of the great things for me is that they can help me keep on track. They help us use two way communication. So many time I just want to do things for Wysdom, or say what he wants, or I am in a rush and move around to quickly. I have learned that if I am always doing this how am I helping him? If I take my time and WAIT I can learn and lot about him and see what he wants.

So one of our therapist can over about 2 weeks ago and asked about him communicating. I talked about how he can do a lot of signs and how we are so impressed with this. She gave me some great examples of how to get to use more of the functional signs like help and open and then we set up the correct environment for a dialogue to take place. Low and behold Wysdom is bossing me around these days. (ha ha). He picked up on this right away and within a day was commanding for things to be opened or that he needs help and he is doing it with some flare. Not just a meek open, but I imagine his sign communicating OPENNNNN!

We truly are so proud of how he is doing. To be honest I don't compare him to other's and their speaking abilities. I am not sure why I have never done this, but it doesn't interest me right now. It may in the future, but now I am just happy with our little guy and all that he is doing, especially in light of all that he has been through.

We are still using Signing Time Products daily to increase his signing and ability to communicate. I wish I could remember the name of the mom that introduced me to the company. I believe in signing so much that I have started teaching my own groups. Oh yes one of my favourite signs that Wysdom does is SCARED !!!!!!! I will have to get that on video. I just love it

Other updates are that we went to an eye appointment last week that took the entire day and Wysdom did not cooperate. Meaning that when the Opthamologist tried to look in his eyes, he closed them as tightly as he could. Sooooo (can you hear the sigh) we go back in 2 weeks. In the morning we go to a physical therapy and occupational therapy. Then in the afternoon we pick up his new orthotics. Otherwise things are going well. Just really busy.

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6 comments:

Lisa said...

SO excited to see Wysdom blossoming! I hope you are well :)

ParkerMama said...

Keep up the good work, Wysdom!


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Kelly said...

This is fantastic, Sasha!! I really enjoyed catching up on ALL of the wonderful things that Wysdom is doing!! And I got a good chuckle over the bottle of rum!!! Looks like you got a party animal on your hands!!! lol

Sasha said...

Thanks everyone for the great comments.

Kelly
Yes the bottle of rum up there in the funny things he has done.

Lisa
Glad to see you are back. Yes Wysdom is doing great.

ParkerMama
Love checking in and seeing what ideas you are doing and what I can share with Wysdom.

Anca said...

Hi Sasha,

Somehow I stumbled upon your blog and I noticed your Walker/ Stander post. {BTW, I’m pretty sure our Alexa sent the Travelling Afghan to Wysdom but somehow we never got a chance to connect before….}.

Alexa used a very similar walker about a couple of years ago {I had to run upstairs and check the pics as I could not remember when it was – it seems so long ago!}. She was about one and a half then and had no interest in walking/standing whatsoever. She mainly used it at daycare {as it was provided by the “Preschool outreach program”} but we also took it home on the weekends.

At daycare it was great, especially for outdoor play (Alexa was a boom scooter and no other mean of “transportation” would interest her). It gave her the chance to be at the same “level” as the other kids (vs. looking at them from down there). It was also very stable and safe (the thing is quite heavy as you already know!)

I must say she was not very interested in the walker at home. Sometimes we took her for a “walk” on the sidewalk but I found that indoors we did not get to use it a lot. After a few good months she was able to move around quite efficiently using the walker. I would say it did play a part in her being able to participate in more activities with other kids. On the other hand she did tend to “sit” on it a lot (as it was quite handy).

She lost interest in it after about a year once she started to be more interested in pulling herself up.

All in all it was good for her and she seemed to be quite happy riding it!

Hope this help.

Good luck!

Anca

Sasha said...

Anca,

So glad you found my blog. Yes we did have the Afghan. Wasn't it great.j

Thank you for your comments on the pony walker. It is so true about being at a higher level as to see things, and interact more. I love Wysdom being up right. He has learned to sit, as you mentioned.

However I am just hoping that he will keep progressing.