Monday, September 17, 2012
Since behavior therapy has been improving Mikan's eye contact, I've also noticed an increase in pictures where he is actually looking at the camera and smiling. Maybe there will be more of these to come. What you are looking at in this picture is Mikan's dinner last night: chocolate chips. There were other things on his plate that he frowned at and said "I don't want this on my plate," and then he moved them off. Sometimes he gives whatever he doesn't like to Anica, like he's feeding the dog. Usually when he's done eating she migrates to his end of the table and eats his scraps.
So Mikan has been in another feeding slump. I've struggled to get anything besides Pringles, chocolate chips, M&Ms, Life, milk and juice in him in about a week. I'm not sure why he is so picky. I feel like he rarely keeps interest in a food unless he has daily exposure. This makes variety difficult. What I've listed above are the only foods I think he will eat nearly every time they are offered. Anything else, even similar foods, he has to be in the perfect mood for.
Mikan just got into a new PT program at a local hospital. We were told he was on a five-month waiting list, but we've actually only been on it for one month. We had started him at a smaller clinic so there wouldn't be a gap in therapy after the move, but he's only attended sessions there for two weeks. Apparently the waiting list was for kids that needed after-school times. We are happy because this hospital is closer to our house and is a much nicer facility.
We are continuing to explore our area a little more. We've found several nice parks that the kids love. Anica even calls our backyard a park because it is about twice the size of our old house. Whenever she hears our back door open, she says "Outside, play, park!" Mikan thinks her sentences are hysterical since she can't quite pronounce all of her sounds. It helps give him some ownership of his skills and he's good about trying to teach her what he knows. Consequently, she has her number recognition down and points different numbers out wherever we are in public, to Mikan's delight. She also can recognize when she sees a state shape. She can't identify any states, but when she notices one (either a magnet, puzzle piece, etc.) she will say "State!" and then run it over to Mikan because she knows he will demand to have it.
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