This happened yesterday
Nathan: Ate Juliet, what happen to your nose?
Juliet: Oooohhh, its pimples Nathan.
Then Nathan reached to touched Juliet’s nose.
While Nathan is an expert at requesting, even negotiating his wants, he has not really ventured into making comments or asking questions that had nothing to do with his needs. This is awesome!
This morning I asked Nathan to touch Juliet’s nose again, just so I can capture this cute re-enactment ❤️ he gladly did it.
This time Amor was the one actively inviting her Son-Rise volunteer, Tito Albert, to sit and talk to her, she was asking all the questions, keeping the conversation going, she played and she sang songs with him.
She drew this favourite activity, singing with her volunteer. At the end of the session I asked them to pose and re-enact what she drew and she happily did it!
In the photo: Amor and her awesome volunteer, Albert, doing what she loves to do singing duet!
Doing energy healing (Jin Shin Jyutsu) to help Nathan sleep better. At midnight…
Nathan: Good night mama, I love you.
Me: Aawwww, thank you for saying good night Nathan. I love you so much… (still holding on to his thumbs-nervous system finger for more energy healing)
Nathan: Good night Mama.
Me: Good night.
Nathan: Good night Mama (starting to sound a bit whiny).
Me: Oh? Do you want Mama to go away?
Nathan: Go away please.
Me: Ok (letting go of his fingers and positioning to leave his room). Good night Nathan. I love you 😘
To increase Nathan’s repertoire of speech, we have been modelling what to say for him. That was one of my biggest take away from our last Son-Rise Program Outreach and it has been helping tremendously with more spontaneous speech from Nathan.
Today, as we got to the playground, I thought he would need me to model more words for him…
All the swings were occupied with kids younger than Nathan (it’s easier asking a grown-up make way for Nathan to swing 😜)
I watched Nathan walk towards the swings to choose which swing he wanted and who we were to deal with. From all the kids, he had to pick youngest child! She probably did not even understand the concept of sharing yet.
Instead of modelling words for him, I just told him, “Why don’t you ask her?”
Nathan chose his own words and appropriately asked, “Share the swing please?”
Woohoo! He approached a child and picked his words so appropriately and spontaneously! He probably didn’t even need me to prompt him to ask.
Not bad for a child who regressed so deep into autism and had not intentional speech or even eye-contact at age 5, before we found Son-Rise.
The young girl understandably didn’t want to give up her swing. The second blessing was when her older sister on the next swing stood up and offered her swing to Nathan! I feel so blessed to have such nice neighbours!
I try not to take photos of kids in the playground because I don’t have parent’s permission to post. But here is happy Nathan on his favourite swing.