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At 42 Degrees

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mm-hmm

Summer 2017 is trucking along, 
and if you ask Isaac,
 "Are you having fun this summer?" 
ten-to-one, he'll answer with a vocalized, 
"Mm-hmm!" 
On this digital page it is impossible to capture the inflection and intonation 
our little guy uses to make such a simple utterance so adorably eloquent,...
as it's not necessarily a response you'd expect from a seven year old. 

Of course with Isaac fun is always relative,...even as therapy marches on,..
the vocalization is adorable, but it's not going to cut it for verbalization, 
thus I.I. is encouraged to,..."Use your words." 
And our little guy does the best he can,...
it's easier now he's older to see where Apraxia is muddling with his motor processing, 
but not his ingenuity!
Can't get the words to form?
No problem, I.I. will use vocalization, "Mm-hmm" - or scripting.
That's a bit of Autism that our little guy uses to his advantage,
when he uses 'clips from media' to say what Apraxia is hampering. 
"I am tired,...I can't go any further," 
spoken in the EXACT intonation of Russell of the movie UP.

Academic activities scattered here and there have also continued this summer 
as our little guy is headed toward Second Grade this fall.  


Tens frames with breakfast, anyone? 


Yummy math is one thing,
but summer adventures are another.

Only with our little guy the only thing that is predictable, 
is that NOTHING is predictable!

Like a special needs football camp!
Cool, right?

Not so fast,
This picture says it all.



Yep, our little guy got thrown into sensory overload. 
Too much going on,
the music blaring from the speakers was too LOUD,
waiting in long lines for super cool stuff is difficult enough for typical kids, 
much less kids on the spectrum,
and that unwashed event shirt given out was way too itchy. 
Also the weather was the tail end of Cindy
making it an unbelievably hot and humid morning. 
But I.I. rallied


And bonded with this football.



Not kidding about the football,...
I.I. rarely fixates upon have-to-have objects,
but this football was his security blanket for the sensory overload, 
thus Daddy or I carried it the entire morning,
and let us NOT try to put that football down or put it in play,
which was a total key that our little guy was struggling with all the sensory issues,
as he was trying to control something in an uncontrollable situation,
and as this was a 'fun' activity we didn't buck the control issue
with therapy techniques,...as it wasn't that big of a deal. 

Besides,...Isaac couldn't stay glum long. 




Waiting in line was worth getting some personal coaching. 


But make no mistake,...it was very, very, VERY hot!!!


All the sensory issues during this event really took us by surprise,
as Isaac hasn't had a lot of issues lately,
but it just goes to show you can't figure this stuff out. 
Mid-morning we changed his shirt out as the itchy ink was driving him crazy,
and the event was great about water breaks with snacks,
and they even had a marching band that I.I. really liked a lot. 


Back to work after a break,...


Mama wasn't the only one taking pictures!!!


The favorite part of the day when the team bonded in a cheer!


Then a bit more sensory stuff. 
It could have been the heat and near 100% humidity making our little guy so sensitive. 
Thankfully the blaring music was eventually lowered, 
as our little guy wasn't the one one having a hard time with sensory overload. 


Finish the day strong,...I.I!!!!!


But what an exhausting morning!


And oh dear,...but we had to break-up with that football.
There were tears and whys,
but as always
I.I. triumphed in the end. 


"Now,...hockey," says Isaac checking off his bucket list for the year.
"Yeah, right," we say because how in the world are we going to pull off a hockey adventure?
But you know after the baseball game, Isaac said, "Now football." 
And we were, "Yeah, right," because how were we going to pull off a football adventure? 
Then we got an email,
and what do you know but Isaac had the chance to go to a football camp.
Well, if you'll believe it,...but a few days after our hot and humid morning at football camp,
Isaac's Daddy just happen to get into a conversation with a man,
who turned out to be a HEAD COACH for a hockey team. 
What? 
No way!
Hockey adventure for a little guy's bucket list coming this fall!

Until then I.I. can make his own fun.

Legos, anyone? 
"Apple," says Isaac, "I make." 


Isaac did make this apple and banana,...ALL BY HIMSELF
with no directions,...other than a picture. 


"I so busy," says Isaac,
and then he make sure to instruct his personal photographer, i.e. ME,
on exactly how to photograph his creations.


Yes,...Isaac muses,...this does look like a real apple. 


What to do when the Summer Reading Program has craft day,
and your little one says, "No thanks." 
Instead of tie-dying a tee-shirt,
Isaac opted to get tied up at the park. 


Arts and crafts for our little guy have come a long way,
but the sensory stuff is really real, 
and when it's not for therapy 
we cut him some slack,
and save our battle leverage for more important things,
like learning how to eat 
fruits and vegetables. 
Blueberries for breakfast, anyone? 



No resort, vacay?
 No problem.
Let's lounge in borrowed chairs with a snack while Mama's shopping. 


And visit fish!


And the lake. 


Fortunately the sign didn't say anything about twigs and pebbles!


Hard to believe this is our seventh summer with Isaac,
but yet the first summer he's had an interest in lighting bugs/fireflies. 


"Where are their matches?" asked I.I.


Golden glow of the sunset


Vacation is half way over,
but the fun has just begun!

"Are you having fun this summer, Isaac?" we asked.
"Mm-hmm," answers our little guy. 


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

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