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Tue, Feb. 14th, 2006, 09:17 pm

I'm fairly new here, and for those of you who don't know about my story, here is a short background. My son is nearly 2 and is severely behind in his communication skills. He is being evaluated for several things, and we have put him in an Early Intervention Program. Every Tuesday morning, a "Early Interventionist" comes to our house to observe, assist, and make suggestions for improving his skills and such. Today's visit made a drastic change to our every day life, and I thought it would be something interesting to share. Read on if interested...
This is how many batteries that didn't get thrown out after the raid on all the noisy and blinky toys in our house. Oh.... My.... God. I knew we had a lot, but I didn't realize we had an army of them! (Somewhere in the range of 30 or more! :o) I filled an entire 18 gallon bin up with them. And then some. And, I left 3 out for him to play with without the batteries. All of this comes about after our weekly meeting with Richard's early interventionist. She made a suggestion that we "get back to the basics" and get him to do simple things on demand, and teach him new things like matching and pretend play. Once he does that, then we can start re-implementing the old blinky and noisy toys to be played with as they were intended. For instance, he has a baby leap pad notebook. He likes to play with it to make it make noise. She wants him to play with it so that when we ask him "Where's the cat?" He can press the cat, and get a "reward" of the sound. Not just press things to get sound for no reason. I think we will be sans noisy toys for a while, but honestly, I won't miss them. It will force us to interact more with him, and it will also force him to play with the toys that are left as intended. She mentioned (big surprise) that the toy companies don't want you to know that there are new studies out that prove that our children tend to lag and develop more slowly when we allow them to play with these types of toys frequently. She has also in previous visits, said that it has been proven that "fluid play" (playing with water, sand, rice, shaving cream, playdoh, etc.) is essential to language and several other developmental skills, and also decreases the chance of getting ADHD. We are in the process of picking up some newer toys that are appropriate for teaching him the new things we would like him to learn. We are also trying to get him to imitate us more, and learn how to do "big boy" things. He is responding fairly well to this, I think. Our house still looks like an explosion went off, even with what seems to be half of his toys gone. I got rid of most of them while he was napping, and when he woke up, Colin (DH) kept him busy downstairs while I did the rest of the ones upstairs, and cleverly hid them. It seems he hasn't even noticed them being gone. Well, with the exception of the 3 toys I left out without the batteries. He couldn't figure out why he couldn't make them work like he used to. He tried to get us to "fix" them, but we kept telling him they were "broken". He didn't seem to mind much. We will see as the days go on.... Now, I have to raid my parent's stash of toys... Anyway, I think progress is coming along, and I think it will keep coming. I like the suggestions our interventionist is making, and she is very pleasant about it. She never gets forceful, or reproachful about how we have been doing things up until this point. She just says things like, "If it was my kid, this is what I would do." Or, "This is something that has worked for families with similar situations like yours." She never says things like "You have to do this, or your kid will be damaged for life." or things like that. I just know how some people can be seriously demanding, and she just isn't. I am so thrilled we got him in this program!!! [/ramble]