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Friday, September 25, 2015

Only Took Two Years,....

Two years ago,...a very nice lady won a brand-new motorize car in a work-related raffle,...only she had no children,...and her first thought was to offer the prize to Isaac,...and boy were we thrilled!!!!

"Isaac will love it" - we cried, when it arrived and it was time for the big reveal to be revealed.

The pix tells the entire story,...Isaac was totally unimpressed, totally unconcerned, and NOT interested,....thank you very much.


Of course, we tried to sell the shiny car,..."Come on, Isaac give it a try,...you'll love it!"



"Nope," Isaac was totally not interested in the vehicle as a vehicle,....thanks.



Not even Teddy could charm Isaac into interest,....oh dear!




The past two years the battery operated car has resided in our garage, and spent the entire spring and summer of this year,...lying lonely under a tarp in our backyard,...only being touched when we moved it to mow the lawn,....but last weekend,...Isaac,...Mr. Kindergartener Extraordinaire decided to take his little green car for a whirl,...and what was the biggest shock?

That the batteries were STILL charged? Or, that Isaac fell in LOVE with his ride?



Oh yeah,...it's love look at that little face,...happiness galore!!!



No lessons were needed, Isaac totally remembered how to operate the vehicle:
go, stop, and even reverse!!!


Now our after school time is spent leisurely riding about our large back yard,....
appropriately role playing as Mr. Isaac goes to work or errands,
"I'll be right back," says Isaac, before he takes a lap or two. 


What a Driver Extraordinaire!
I.I. even has the cocky, "Wanna race," - snurl.


Or not,...cause our little guy is a really sweet little guy,...he's not into winning,...just fun!


Thumbs up,...says Isaac for life in the fast lane!


So it only took two years for Isaac to get into his car, but it's a great lesson for us, not to ever give up on skills with our little guy!!! 

Two whole years is a mighty long time for a cool car to sit unused, but Isaac is teaching us about the power of patience and persistence and providence: a time and place for everything

Being uniquely unique, Isaac is definitely on his own timetable for development on so many levels, but our little guy is moving forward,...at a record clip here lately,...and now he's on wheels, I am sure his developmental triumphs will emerge even faster!

"C-A-R," Isaac happily spells, while Mama spells it, "P-R-O-G-R-E-S-S," - and both are Encouraging!!!

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!
















Monday, September 21, 2015

Prince Sleepy

How appropriate Isaac's current favorite animated movie is Sleeping Beauty,...only his take on the title is "Princess Sleepy"


Lots of "Make it BLUE - Make it PINK" - exchanges, (gotta see the movie to understand this one), and as always Isaac takes the scripting to his own level, as we not only do the pretend, 
"Make it blue, make it pink," -- but we got through all the other colors too,
"Make it brown, make it red!" - ect,
which is great verbal practice and color recognition,
although Isaac has all his colors down pat, we're working on shades and hues,
and spelling: b-l-u-e, and p-i-n-k.
In fact, we're spelling EVERYTHING!!!!!

All that spelling can wear a little guy out.
We're still working on house renovations from this past winter when a major plumbing woe,
took out half the walls and ALL the floors in our basement.
Last week, after school, we had to make a run to Lowes to get some supplies to finish a project,
Prince Sleep fell asleep on the five minute ride from school to Lowes.
Oh dear, what's a mommy to do? 
Getting a cart and his booster-seat pillow,
I put my little prince into the shopping cart,...thinking he was going to wake up.
Hello, hardware store,....LOUD and echoing.
But nope


Prince Sleepy slept on, and on, and on,....
In fact, I was able to shop and put Isaac back into his booster seat and drive home,
before he awoke - energized from his nap.


Not much napping in class during the rest period, I understand,
school is too cool for sleeping,
so Isaac has been passing out the moment he gets into the car,
it's tough being a Kindergartener!!!


Thankfully big brother is usually off work by the time we get home,...



Even long-legged Kindergarteners need to be carried into the house, now and then.


Aside from being worn out by school, Isaac sleep issues have been improving,
from bedtime, to sleeping better though the night,
progress is being made.


There is a lot going on in our little guy's life,
lots of challenges,
lots to learn,
but thankfully Isaac's sleep has improved,
so he's well rested,
and up for the challenges,
and so are we!

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!







Friday, September 11, 2015

Nudges,...

Finally cooler weather is nudging out the heat of summer as it has been very hot and very humid in the Deep South this summer. 

When I saw this picture I took of Isaac this past week, on Labor Day actually, it struck me that his profile was nudging into maturity,....




For Isaac this summer has had ushered in lots of developmental developments, 
with many new skills emerging,
and being mastered so well.
So much has been mastered,
it's time to start nudging our little guy into new directions,...




Such as finally getting to be picky about pronunciation,...WOOHOO!!!
For so long, our focus has been for Isaac to be able to say anything,
and now Isaac CAN say anything,
and even, though, "Tink-think, and tank-thank
are actually adorably lisped,
it's time to nudge our little guy into proper pronunciation. 

And it takes
discipline on our part to be consistent,
with these nudges,
especially in in the face of Isaac's opposition,
which takes the form lately of the quaintly stated:
"I don't tink, so."
Yeah, it's hard, really hard at times, not to crack a smile,
when you gotta be serious about some of this nudging,
cause Mama and Daddy, DO 'tink' so.




Some other fronts for nudging with Isaac
would be table manners,
"One bite at a time."
Dressing: as our little guy is not his majesty the king.
"If you can take a shirt off, you can put a shirt on."
Ditto shoes.
Hygiene:
"Brushing teeth is fun."
Still working on selling this,
BUT Isaac semi-willingly brushes teeth,
that's a HUGE victory.
Also we are working on the concept, 
 that washing your hands means more than just turning on the water,
and "Aim, Isaac." 
as aiming is now a consideration,
than just that 'important task' being completed.

Skill upon skill to be built on,
gently,
with nudges. 


  By the way: thanks Uncle George for the ball, as you can see Isaac LIKES it!


The alphabet is another nudge,
no one, and I mean no one that has spent any time with Isaac,
could possibly deny that the child KNOWS his alphabet,
upper case,
lower case,
phonics,
and now writing each letter
upper case,
and lower case,
as Isaac has discovered the delights of penmanship,
and for a KINDERGARTNER,
just a month into school,
Isaac's penmanship,
has a slight, WOW factor to it,
or in other words,
slightly precise,
for a five year old newbie.


With such skills mastered,
 it's time to nudge our little guy out of the alphabet song,
to spelling,
like:
I-S-A-A-C,
well, he's already got that one nailed,
and fox, and rocket, and pie,
but there are a couple hundred thousand more words in the dictionary,
to learn,
and nudging Isaac into 
beginning spelling is a good place to start. 

Next for nudging is reading,
ironically Isaac can read the sentence:
"I WANT _____."
But then he's had a LOT of speech therapy. 


Nudging works both ways,
because Isaac has entered into the developmental stage,
in which he is constantly asking,
"What's that?,...What's that?....What's that?"
And as fast as we can,
we are explaining the world to our little guy


Soaking in everything like a sponge, 
Isaac almost seems like a Kindergartener version
of Rip Van Wrinkle,
just awoke,
and wanting to know
everything about the world,
while Mama and Daddy and Big Brothers, and Kelsey, too,
REJOICE!!!


Does Isaac still have challenges?
Yes, he does,
many.

Apraxia doesn't give up easily,
nor does Autism,
but progress is being made,
LOOK at us,
on some fronts we are getting to nudge our little guy
 to the next level,
that gives us sooooooo much hope.

Challenges, challenge us,
but Isaac's enthusiasm for exploring the world,
and finding joy in everything
inspire us 
to keep finding ways to help our little guy
succeed!!! 

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you.









Saturday, September 5, 2015

Let's Discuss Popcorn,...

 Labor Day weekend for us, and while we are taking a break from the every day business of life, 
 I thought we'd take a trip down memory lane with Isaac and his most beloved snack: 
POPCORN!!!
Popcorn being one of the first food signs, Isaac learned to sign and one of the first food words he learned to say,...always with those little fingers, alternating upward in sign:
 "Pop-torn, Poptorn," 
Let's be clear: Isaac loves his popcorn,...

Searching our photo archives, I dredged up the first known photo of Isaac
munching on a movie theater treat,
and no, Isaac didn't last through the entire movie,
which was Tangled.
In fact, I don't think Isaac lasted through the pre-views,
before the movie started.
Too much sensory stuff, 
despite the popcorn,
Daddy and Isaac took lots of "explore-the-corridor" breaks,
but at least we had a good photo pop!!!


I'll give you three hints while the popcorn is stored on top of the fridge,
and they all start with: I.I.I.
and yes,...our little guy has tried to navigate 
the climb,
more than once,
before he learned the sign for: CAREFUL,
which we use to mean danger!!!!
And it's a great location,
with NO footholds,
and angled,
completely beyond our little guy's reach,
after all:
all's fair in love and nutrition,
and regulating snacks!!!


Nonverbal Isaac at this age,
as he used the verb: "Go!"
to mean everything,
as it was the only word apraxia allowed him to say,
still check out that expression,
it clearly says,
"Popcorn,...I LOVE YOU!!!"




Another movie,
more popcorn,
and 
comfort in Daddy's arms. 


Sometimes,...Mama forgets to get the popcorn up high,
and then Isaac considers it 'fair-game" --
Oh,...Isaac knows he's caught with the unauthorized treat,
that grin couldn't get any smugger,
and Mama would have asserted some discipline,....


But Isaac started singing!!!
"AhhhHHHHHHhhhhh," sings Isaac,
and think Ariel in the Little Mermaid, singing her theme song,
that much imitation,...
had to be rewarded with some popcorn,...
and I got one of my most favorite pictures of Isaac!!!
And yes!!! He's a hoot!!!!


 Until Isaac was born, it never occurred to me that Santa adored popcorn,...


Not just toys in Santa's sack,...



There is POPCORN,....


Now we are five years old,
and popcorn doesn't get old for a snack,
and we usually buy more than one bag at a time now,
as popcorn is not just for snacking,...



Call it incentive,...
Call it leverage,...
Call it leveling the playing field,...
but in Kindergarten,
Isaac works for popcorn treats,
and popcorn works as a means of helping him focus,
on tasks:
like sitting still,
keeping his fins to himself,
walking nicely in the halls,
and listening,
because when you listen,...you learn. 



Something to ponder,....




At home,...popcorn is just a treat,
usually a Friday night treat,
get real,
you can't live on popcorn,
although,
I know Isaac would love to try,...



Isaac experiences the world in a different way,
and he makes sure YOU do too,
and that included,
anything to do with POPCORN!!!!


Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!