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Hey ladies...I know I've not posted in months, but thought I'd stop by and give you an update on the kiddos.
Jack is doing wonderfully in preschool (minus some bad days here and there), and seems to really enjoy going to school for the most part. Christmas break ends for the kids on Monday (so glad! lol). He's gotten used to living in the apartment (we now live in a 2 bedroom apartment to save $ for a house). He's got a chore chart and does really well with it. LOVES getting his reward! Jack is absolutely loving Marjorri still...he LOVES to pick her up and put her places...kinda drives me nuts with that! lol
Ben enjoys going to school 5 days a week (It's a yr around school too). He has speech therapy all week and has made TONS of improvement with eye contact. Not much talking yet. I'm really struggling as a parent with this random screaming thing he does. Usually when he's told No or doesn't like something about his situation. For some reason I findi his being 3 more difficult than Jack being 3....and Ben totally snuck it on me too, we had a great last week of being 2! lol
Marjorri is a big girl! She's got her 9 month checkup on the 10th! She LOVES to "talk" and has little interest in being still. She's attempting to walk too. She's just a lil doll. A mamas girl for sure!
Can anyone offer any tips on how to handle Ben's screaming? He was diagnosed with ASD before he started school.
I have a friend with a little boy who does the same thing as your Ben. It takes a lot of patients and ignoring on her part as if he isn't doing it. She trys not to give him any attention when he is doing it. But he sounds exactly the same as her little boy. The better he is getting at communicating the less she sees the screaming fits though.I hope that is the case for you as well.
Unfortunately, it sounds like it's born out of frustration. Danny, when frustrated (particularly when told no or having things not go his way) would often drop to the floor and beat his head against it at that age :/ All you can do is ignore it, and once he calms down, try to either redirect him or help him communicate. It would be a good time to go grab his PECS book and give him a few choices/guesses on what you think he might want (or want instead, if what he wants is a "no"). That way, you'll be showing him a better way to get his point across than screaming, and as he gets better at it and sees that it works, the screaming will start to phase out. It may take some time, age, and further progress on his communication though. Hugs, hon - I know it's NOT easy!
I loved reading your update. I know I see you on FB but it's really nice to hear how the kiddos are doing and what is going on.
Makes me really miss how the board was a few years ago. I know we are all busy with our growing babies. Yet, this was once the place to go to get advice and just bragg. FB is great for quick tid-bits and photos but I miss how we all use to communicate and support our little family.
Any how, thanks for the update Doll!
You have almost inspired me to write my own update. Almost....
I wish I had a suggestion on what to do with the screaming....Keegan does it also And I haven't found anything that helps with it. Just trying to be patient with him. But that can be difficult at times. He starts therapy again Tuesday, so hoping the new therapist will have some ideas.
Michelle--Wife to David, Mom to Dalton 4/1/08, Addison 10/26/09, Keegan 3/5/11, and Graeme 10/9/12!