Drifting into Saturday. Today’s one of those days I want to hang the gone fishing sign out. Not feeling it. I don’t think we’ll ever have enough blankets. They are a sensory haven to Owen. He wants thick ones, fuzzy ones, small ones, big ones, and anything in between. I put my blanket on the couch and went to fix Owen’s dinner. I can’t even tell you how many blankets I’m staring at right now, but as soon as I put it on the couch he ran to it and is currently hanging out under my “bwanket”. He’s engulfed in it, over his body completely. He has a body sock that he loves to get in. It’s a very stretchy pillowcase shaped design that has a Velcro opening and he can fit his entire body in it, stretching and floppy around. Today has been one of those days that he has needed a lot of input, both sensory and emotional. I keep thinking we see the finish line for Christmas break and it will get better for him. This has been one of the hardest breaks for Owen. He woke this morning, knowing it was bowling day, and repeating that it was constantly for hours. I’ve tried working with Owen on charts, allowing him to repeat something twenty, thirty, even one hundred times trying to curb the habit, but he has to understand charting first and when the desired action of repeating is more important than any reward to him then it doesn’t work. Instilling new behaviors can take months or years for him to accept or understand. The vocabulary is helping but he still doesn’t have the connections to all of the actions. One day at a time. Until then the dude is excited about the world around him. All morning it was bowling and as soon as bowling was over he started saying, “I have to go to sweep so den I can go to church tomorrow”. Church has been the topic of discussion all night. So here’s maybe to an early bedtime under all our blankets and a good night’s sleep. Know that you are important and you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Smiles to all and donut daze!
I'm Lynn Browder. Owen's Mommy. The best moments in time are when I get to see the smile on his face and that giggle come from his heart.