Jake is a busy little guy!
He owns about a million toys, but rarely sits down and intentionally plays with any of them. He would rather use the toy in some sort of non-conventional way, like throwing the pieces into the recycling, or dumping them into the laundry basket and pushing them around the house. He rarely pays attention for more than a couple of minutes at a time, and besides meals, he hardly ever sits down. He is just a go-go-go type of boy!
An increase in attention span is one of the major goals that we have for Jake over the next few months. Today we started a six-month contract with a Developmental Aide. She is going to come into our home a couple of mornings a week, and help me work one-on-one with Jake. Our goals are related to attention span, increased communication skills, and honing some fine motor skills. I am really excited for this opportunity, as I think it will be good for Jake to have structured time at home.
Today was our first day, and it went fairly well, all things considered! He was able to focus for several minutes at a time on specific tasks, and although his attention span wasn’t as long as we would like it to be, it was a step in the right direction. He actually engaged with a few of his toys that he usually passes by or ignores, which was fun for me to see. And I heard him vocalize a new sound this morning! We were reading a book and I was pointing to the picture of the snake and saying “sssssssssssssnake” and he attempted to make an “s” sound! I am one proud mama, as that is a sound that he has never attempted before. Because of his mild conductive hearing loss, the “s” sound is one that he has a hard time picking up on at all, so the fact that he not only heard me, but also attempted to imitate it back to me, is a HUGE milestone and cause for celebration!
We have also been having lots of summer fun…update on that in my next post! For now, let’s just say that we are excited to work on our attention span and communication skills, and we are having a blast this summer! Here are a couple pics to leave you with! (they are off my iPhone, so the quality is not great…)