Hey all (or none, depending on attendance these days).
I am just checking in.
Daniel is heading towards an Autism evaluation.
He was evaluated last August (2011) for developmental delays and they found him delayed in speech, communication, socialization skills and cognitive ability. This meant he qualified for services from an organization called Early Childhood Intervention. He started with therapy visits at home and since February, he's been going to Head Start preschool in a special classroom with 15 "normal" peers and he is one of 5 special ed students in that classroom. They took a break for the summer and he just started back up late September.
He has made great improvements since his evaluation last August, but he has times of regression. We are in one of those times right now.
He has officially out grown size 6 huggies (the biggest huggies) and is getting marks on his legs from the elastic being stretched so much, then he scratches the marks cause they irritate him and he has a slight skin swelling similar to what happens when you get scratched by a cat. The school was concerned by the marks, but they talked with me because they are uniform (instead of calling cps).
Since we are moving into the "medical grade" diapers and can't afford them and make just barely too much money to qualify for assistance, we decided to try potty training again. It's not going well.
Instead of prepping him by trying to get him excited about the concept (the methods we've used previously), we chose to just start rewarding EVERYONE in the home who uses the toilet successfully. This meant that big brother, Daddy and Mommy (and anyone who visits) gets applause and candy for using the bathroom. We were hoping that he'd see everyone getting rewarded and want to be rewarded himself. This backfired as he started to yell at his member while yanking and pulling on it, yelling "Pee!! Make bubbles!!" He clearly does not know how to make it happen. I had brother demonstrate, thinking maybe he just didn't know what it meant to "pee".. but he seems to not know how to use his muscles to make it happen. I spoke briefly with the ped about it today (we were there for a strep test) and the ped is not concerned because of his developmental delays, etc. WE are going to take some time tomorrow afternoon and confine him to an area of the house that is all tile (easy clean up) give him a few toys, and a potty chair and take away his clothing and diaper. We plan to just let him have accidents without making him feel like he's in trouble and see what he does. When we see it start to happen we will try to bring positive attention to it and move the potty chair over to him.... we shall see what happens.
Anyway.. I've yapped enough for all of us, I'm sure.
Anyone else want to share an update??