Enjoying process without results
R HATES to color - DH and Miss Gypsi wisely deduce that its because he cannot color well
So DH get him a lot of paints and just leave them hanging about for many days - he loves looking at all the bottles
Then one day he asks me himself to open a bottle
And last night I ask him if he wants to come with me for a walk or play on his computer and eat trail mix ( this latter is his favorite thing ). But to my joy he says
"But I want to paint"
He is producing no Picassos - I can tell you
However he is enjoying painting which is the whole point
Asking for something
R almost never asks to buy something - but this one time we are at Marshalls - and he INSISTS on getting red shoes and he really preens in them saying " my new red shoes"
How adorable is that
Scripts as the scaffolding of language
R is using a lot of scripts these days. Some professionals believe that scripts should be discouraged
But we actively encourage scripts. ( thanks to some great advice from Dr Nancy Kauffman)
Scripts are the scaffolding of language. Especially for children like R who have many thoughts and not many ways to express them
Plus his scripts are very very appropriate
The other day when I am scolding him for going on the road he sobs through his tears "Dont worry Blue "( as he is clearly worried )
He uses his ABA apps ( kindergarten.com) on the Iphone a lot as well . He is forever making little observations about the world around.
If he has a cut on a hand - he will show it to me and inform me piously of my duties "you put a band aid on a hurt"
Joint attention is just an amazingly blossoming skill
Sometimes his observations are very very apt.
But sometimes they are very funny – The other day while I am making tea in a saucepan, R points to the pan and says “that is a frying pan” .
I lift him up to show him what's inside ( tea) and ask what's inside
"Bacon" he replies
For instance the other day I am talking to my MIL – who expresses her worries on R’s future .
I tell her how Dh and I always approach just the next step and no further and that I don’t know what he will be but we have a lot of faith in him
I have to laugh when R who has been on the Ipad and not appearing to pay any attention at all to what I am saying
He takes my hand and belts out a Blues Clues Song “ you can be anything that you want to be “
And he is right