A Mom Shares Her Family's Changes After In-Home Services
We learned so much! Julie is down to earth, observant, insightful, loving, caring, genuine, and so on point; it is awesome! She taught us how to take our play to the next level by really taking time to observe Filbert, model play, and invite him to play in a concrete way. During our training we all came up with individual goals of things we would like Filbert to learn. The fun began this past week with implementing our learning and beginning to teach him new things.
His response has been astounding. He is redefining rising to the occasion. Not only is he allowing us to model play; he is watching intently and often participating! He has done more new things in the last week than in the last month, it feels like! The amount of social motivation we are seeing is so encouraging and it is breeding an onslaught of language along with it. I find myself observing the volunteers working with him and crying joyfully during almost every session. It’s like Julie gave us the code to unlock his understanding of how to play.
I have no idea what the next few weeks or months will bring, but I am excited about implementing our new understanding of the stages of play and how to encourage Filbert, should he want to, to engage us on a new level. I could not feel more blessed by her coming and our amazing Team Filbert sharing that enthusiasm!"
One Month Later...
A few lovely stories:
1. Ms. S set the goal of having a pretend picnic with Filbert. He watched her and tried it on her first attempt :)!
2. Ms. B has been sharing her love of dance through the “Hokey Pokey” and he is now singing the words with a huge smile on his face.
3. Mr. T had the goal of reading with Filbert as he is typically exclusive with books. On the second attempt, he read a book and has now been reading books and snuggling with everyone — awesome!
4. Ms. C has been building with shapes and he is frequently allowing her to do so and no destroying her work, and instead watching with interest. They have also played catch cooperatively with each of them adding changes to the game.
5. Ms. K was joining Filbert in spinning hoops on the door knob and suggested they jump and hop in and out of them on the floor, he did his best to do both and was responsive to the celebration of “high fives”.
6. Ms. G wants to teach Filbert to play restaurant. Initially he would not tolerate her wearing an apron or hat. Now he allows her to engage (except hat, lol) and has watched her play intently, super exciting!
7. Mr. A has been working on playing nerf basketball. Filbert is becoming more intentional at throwing at Mr. A or at the hoop with big smiles.
8. Ms. H is wonderful about leaving space for Filbert to talk, he has been singing her songs that she has taught him and from others. He is also very open to sharing toys with her and insists on her laughing at his simple contradiction jokes.
9. We have seen working on “why” questions for over two years. We let go of that goal when Julie came and he has asked a “why” question everyday for the last week all on his own! The other morning he walked into the kitchen for breakfast and said “why are you taking the lid off?” as I was opening the olive oil, my jaw dropped!
10. Having personalized goals for each volunteer has motivated us all to share our love of play with Filbert, which is unfolding an increase in learning and acceptance of others.
Changes I feel like implementing Natural Play Therapy has brought: more social interaction, more speech, more genuine eye contact, and more comfort in him and our team.
Excited for more fun and play this next month!"