Ellie moved forward today. Just a three or so inches, and seemingly by the sheer force of will rather than mechanics. Why did she do it? Because I'm the kind of mom who lets my kid eat Cheerios off the ground if it helps motivate forward motion.
Now I have a dilemma. I am not a big believer in using food as motivation for kids, but seriously, the iPhone, laptop, remote, various toys, and my own awesome presence haven't worked. If the Cheerios get her going, she can have as many as she wants. We're still far away from any sort of true "mobile" forward motion, but this positive step occurred, and I promised myself that I'd celebrate milestones big and small.
Rock on with your cereal, little one! And then, take your post-workout nap.
|("Must get to Cheerios. Must get to Cheerios!")|
|("That was exhausting, and I only got one!")|
In other developmental news, Ellie and I just started the "See and Learn" program from Down Syndrome Education USA. After looking at a lot of early learning programs, I decided that this particular program was a good fit for my teaching style and Ellie's learning style. While I still lean toward a more organic approach to teaching early literacy skills for most kids, I keep hearing that kids with Down syndrome benefit from repetition, and I knew I'd need a program to give me a bit of structure. The See and Learn program focuses on visual learners, and starts with looking at pictures, matching, selecting a named picture, and identifying pictures. Ellie and I did the first few sessions already. She smiles and claps the whole time. Either that, or signs "more." We have absolutely no clue which is which, but hey, she loves playing with her word cards. The goal isn't just reading, but overall language skills. To say I'm excited is an understatement, which is probably why Ellie is excited. My vision is to keep this activity fun and interesting for both of us. I'll work on posting "reading" updates, and I'll let you all know what I think as we progress.
|(Teaching your child how to clap and how to sign "more" at the same time results in a lot of this action. No clue which it means. More photos? Yay Mommy?)|
PS. I somehow failed to post these images of physical therapy this week. Ellie's first impression of Rody, the buckin' bronco, followed by her final decision that Rody was acceptable. Don't worry, she got lots of hugs, and her extreme terror was remedied by putting Rody lower to the ground. But man, that angry face is cute.
|("I hate Rody! I mean, Rody, you're okay.")|