"I think the biggest difference I've noticed is Jordyn's flexibility. He allows us to do so much more and he's willing to try so many more new things. Also his understanding of language just in the last month or so has kind of blown me away. Other differences that I also love include him learning to use to potty, and that he's no longer pinching!"
"MY SPACE YOUR SPACE-
What Happend: I was drawing and created an invitation while he was stimming.
What I Did: I got a big sheet of paper and drew a line down the middle. On one side I wrote Jordyn's side and on the other, Bailey's side. I placed the markers on the side of the paper closer to Jordyn so he noticed them. Then I started drawing on my side.
What Jordyn Did: He was drawing on his board and looked at me a few times and was moving closer to me. After a few minutes of me drawing he came over grabbed a marker and started drawing on his side. He didn't cross over the line once. He was doing it for about 5 minutes. We didn't communicate, we just drew.
What I Did: I got another big piece of paper and drew 4 squares; 2 for me and 3 for him. I was drawing in my square and Jordyn was laying by the door. I said "Hey J, wanna come draw with me?"
What Jordyn Did: He said "no" then came over right away and started to draw in one of his squares.
What I Learned: I learned not to look at him so much when you want him to come over and draw with you. Do your own thing and have the invitation there but don't pay too much attention to him. Because then he knows you want him to do something.
"After I had my colors J started to stim on the floor while I worked at the table. I looked at J and he was watching me so I asked him to come and help me and he got up and came over, put his hand over mine and we colored together on purple. When I switched to blue I just told J to go ahead and he took the marker and started to color!! He wasn't writing words at first but actually coloring back and forth in the leftover white spaces. I got all silly and congratulated J and told him how cool it was and he tried a few different colors of blue on our blob!!
What I Learned: I feel like just not giving up and reminding J as well as being right in his space helped a lot, but modelling over and over while he was watching and the hand over hand really helped as well."