Saturday, October 3, 2009

Weekly Update -- 7 - 13 September 2009

Yay, I'm 140 weeks old today!

Masinja had his 21st ECI session this week. We discussed working on getting him to make a choice. Up to this point, when asked whether he would like milk or juice all he does is repeat milk or juice. We also talked about working on motor imitation because Masinja has a really hard time copying actions. We are hoping that by improving his motor imitation skills we can then improve his speech. If he can imitate lip and tongue placement for the pronunciation of sounds it will most likely make it easier for him to articulate those sounds.

Masinja saw the same speech therapist this week that he did last week. He got to work more with the computer program and he now knows "fall down" very well. In fact, each time he responded correctly to a prompt the therapist showed him the action fall down because got the biggest kick out of watching a little boy fall down :o) The therapist tried really hard to get Masinja to wave bye bye when it was time to leave but he just wouldn't cooperate. I guess he'll figure it out eventually. Next week he'll start working with the feeding specialist.

Masinja and I attended another Parent Connections session this week. I went to a training on Potty Training. It was very informative and enlightening. I learned that Masinja is probably not ready yet to start potty training. We need to work on vocabulary associated with potty training first, such as wet, dry, dirty and clean. We also need to work on getting Masinja to tell us when he is wet or dirty. Once he is able to identify these sensations and starts to show more interest in learning to use the toilet it will be time to start potty training. Masinja had a good time playing with Miss Jacqui again and of course he went for the kitchen set and the food again :o)

That's all for now.