Recently we have been laminating fools over here in the Flashlight household. The J-man has really been into his alphabet flashcards, so we decided to laminate them before he completely shredded them. While we were at it, we (OK, Tim) laminated eleventy-seven pictures of things for the J-man to do. Some were therapy related (the desk, etc), and some were fun/reward kind of things (the swing, the computer game). Tim posted them on a piece of posterboard using velcro dots, just like we did with the food pictures. That posterboard is now hanging in the kitchen, right at the door to the classroom. We haven’t introduced it at all, though. We haven’t even pointed it out.
I was bustling around the kitchen cleaning up and making dinner, and the J-man was running around doing his thing, when he came up to me with the picture of the computer game in his hand. I’m not sure if he had been pointing at it before, but he made SURE I knew he wanted to play with it. What could I do but set him up to play? Besides, it let me cook dinner without worrying about him being near the stove. SCORE!
Estee over at The Joy of Autism blogged today about knowing her son knows much more than he can verbalize. Seeing the J-man carry over his knowledge about how the food board works to the actions board reinforced our belief that he knows SO MUCH MORE than he can say. If he’s anything like his daddy, he’s going to be crazy smart, and it looks like he’s heading in that direction.
Also… we cut his hair again tonight. It was not NEARLY as easy as the last time. Sigh. Poor monkey. He didn’t even want to be near me afterward. Talk about your Mama Guilt!