Friday, December 10, 2010
Pleased As Punch
Finding what motivates Nathan seems to be the key to his success that he's currently experiencing. Now that sounds like it (the motivation) would work for anybody .. and why didn't I think of it in the first place? .. humm .. not quite so easy to unlock a child that displays autistic traits .. easier said than done. But, this is just the ticket .. along with a fantastic therapist that has brainy ideas and challenges me to think outside the box. His latest adventure .. taking a bath and having Nathan doing most of the work .. (soon to be all of the process). Just how are we motivating him? Well .. little pennies to be earned for staying focused. Pennies have helped him transition from eating in his room to now regularly enjoying meals at the dining room table with the whole family. They have also been used to have him go shopping and staying by my side .. even when walking down the toy isle or frozen food section (favorite places he used to get side tracked and take off to visit ALONE). Last night we started on the bathing skills. A simple back brush with a puffy scrubber end .. seems so simple why didn't I think of it first ... was his to begin using; a better choice than a washcloth with his delayed small motor skills. You can see from the after picture how proud he is .. even combing his own hair. Little steps .. to big success. Next stop ... transitioning to using a shower. I have no fear of Nathan lagging behind any longer. Praising God always!