We've had so much fun this past week! It has been a true delight watching Danniah bond with three new people in her life. She took to each of them the moment they walked through the door. She had a wonderful time playing telephone with Alyssa, hanging up on her and laughing hysterically at Alyssa's reactions. Meghan and Danniah made some serious music together. It was also really sweet to see Danniah initiate using balls as drums and then searching high and low for the perfect ball for Meghan to use. I loved watching her thoughtfulness.
We're already seeing a small shift in language, which is her most challenging area. Danniah has been reliant on certain phrases that she applies broadly. For example, "I want to go over there" accompanied by pointing or "I want sit down" when she wants you to sit down. Using a combination of Son-Rise techniques delivered with the 3E's, Danniah has already figured out that things are shifting. Now she is thinking a lot about what she needs to say to get us to do what she wants us to do. You can see the wheels turning as she pauses, searching for the appropriate language. Much to my delight, I've heard a spontaneous "I want to go living room" today, rather than the standard "I want to go other room." Specificity! It's beautiful! I've also heard a few unprompted, "Come with me!" rather than "I wanna go over there." Her para at school even noted that all on her own she said, "I want go in tunnel" while she was in the Motor Room, rather than "I want tunnel." Not bad after just a couple of days of Son-Rise this past week! What fun to watch this program begin to take off! The best part of all is that Danniah loves every minute of it!
Clifford seemed to have a pretty great time here, too. He cuddled with Danniah for a while and met Moka. They sniffed each other's noses and decided that they each smelled pretty good. Then Clifford got to try out Danniah's sensory gym downstairs. He went down the slide, jumped on the trampoline, tried his paws at swinging and hung out in the ball pit. He even tried camping out in the Son-Rise Playroom, which is currently sporting a tent! Clifford is welcome back any time!