I also like to think of each day as an adventure. I’m a little like Indiana Jones at times, carefully navigating the booby-trapped catacombs of supporting and loving kids with atypical* needs.
*their needs are typical for them, just not typical compared to most of their peers. I loathe using the word “atypical”, but it’s short and easy to use.
If you read my post yesterday, as well as some of the other eating-related posts, you have figured out that eating is… not easy in this house. Everyone has their own issues. This is mine:
So back to the Speedy’s breakfast drama. Yesterday was the Major Smoothie Catastrophe of 2017. So this morning, I decided to try a method that Speedy’s one-to-one aide uses at school. Lunchtime is hard for him, and the cafeteria is too overwhelming, so she takes him to the OT room and gives him headphones and an iPad. She puts on a series of Laurie Berkner videos from the Lullaby album, and he happily eats his lunch and focuses on the videos.
Could it be that simple?
Well, let me just tell you.
Normally on any given morning, it can take him up to 45 minutes to eat one bagel. We put cream cheese on half, and butter with cinnamon & sugar on the other half. And then it takes regular reminders to chew and then swallow the food. Every day we go through this, and it degrades quickly.
This morning I told him what we’d be doing. He sat down (with one half of a bagel) and I put on the videos in front of him.
In ten minutes, with zero prompting, he’d eaten his bagel and moved on to a yogurt.
I can’t even begin to express what a relief it was to go through the morning with no fights.