Changes once again to Eli's Allies! We are sad to report we are losing one of the best speech language pathologist we've had for Eli. Ms. Colleen had just the right firmness and persistance to help Bubby do the things that he didn't like and consequently he's bloomed. When frustration would hit and he'd begin throwing toys her response of simply staring at the wall in silence would quiet him quickly. Eventually he'd bow his head apologetically, she'd smile and remind him of how many tasks he had left before he could move on. It was extremely effective and while he still resists new things, he has learned that he can do hard things and will come back to it again and again until he really sees progress. We see results in how verbal he's become in the last 6 month, attempting words even when we don't require it of him. His social interactions of saying hello and goodbye with some eye contact happens with little prompting now and best of all he sees the power of language and is reaching out to people outside the family. We are grateful for the brief but productive time we spent with Ms Colleen and send her love on her new job with the stipulation that she will let us know if she ever changes back to Sunrise Therapy!
Its been fun doing therapies lately with Leora around. The competition between the two is steep so if Pumpkin is willing to do something new it's a motivator for Bubby. Here they were playing with pudding. Eli was NOT hot on the texture but Leora was thrilled to pieces and managed to grab the remainder to make sure there was no waste!
So proud of my little man and so grateful for the blessings of those who are a part of our team. I don't know where we'd be without them!