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Today seems to be a pretty calm day for both boys. There have been no melt downs, yet, but there have been a few tantrums and some rebelling. I’m usually at work every Saturday, but my mom is sick so i stayed home with the 3 musketeers.
This morning i thought there was going to be therapy for both Christian and David. So far no one has shown up, called or text. It’s okay though. I’m not one to set my whole day around ABA therapy either way. I try to do my own thing on days like this. I don’t necessarily ask for matching or check the schedule, but i do place David’s compression vest and weighted belt on (if necessary), roll him and Christian on the huge exercise ball, play with the medicine ball, have them help me with laundry and of course hit the swings outside! I suppose i do more OT & PT then ABA but i try to give them a bit of rest on the weekends – they’ve been working all week, after all.
The boys love going outside to play. It’s something i can use “first and then” with for Christian, and it’s something i can have David point to, touch, or say, “out, ready, set, go!, up, off, fun, phone.” (my camera/phone).
David loves hanging upside down on the swing and enjoys playing chase with Christian. Christian loves rocks, the slide, the swings, and rocks. Did i mention he likes rocks?! Since we have a huge amount of river rock in our back yard, i usually have to take rocks out of both of their mouths and pant/jacket pockets. Ugh!
There’s mud, wet grass, wood chips of bark, a water table/sensory table, slides, bikes, trikes, balls and a few plants out there too, so the boys really get to fill those sensory needs. I think the next things we need to invest in would be a trampoline and jungle gym.
I’m looking into starting an organic garden and planting some more fruit trees. My hope is that the boys will want to help pick the fruit (like they did with our lemon tree) and maybe they’ll want to water the garden with me. They’ve been pretty good at helping with some of the house chores like picking up, putting toys away, loading the washer and loading the dryer!
We’ll see how tonight goes – i’m praying that they get some sleep and much needed rest.