Thursday, August 23, 2012

Because you inspired me:

You all were quite the inspiration in your comments yesterday. She is young (2.5), but I do think she is capable of learning basic things in class (even if she isn't ready to do ALL that is asked of the other kids). 

All day yesterday I tried to think through the best way to help teach two simple things to Addison:
1. Obey simple commands
2. Get used to the concept of an obstacle course

#1 being the most important since she will need to use those skills all her life. #2 is a great, fun way to teach that to her (the reason we're in gymnastics class in the first place!)

aaaaand that is why my living room now looks like this:
I decided the simple commands that we would be working on (of course with assistance where she needs it...such as getting on the horse):
I felt like this was a good way to help her understand what we're trying to do but let her go completely at her own pace.

I got to thinking- Addison has quite a delay in response time when it comes to speech and signs. Why would it be any different for something new like an obstacle course? If I can let her practice obeying basic commands at home THEN perhaps I can give her the appropriate amount of  wait time in real class with the assurance (or hope) that she's not going to go running.

It's not a solution...but it's my next attempt at understanding Addison so that I give her the tools that she needs to succeed (and make the most of next week's class)

To help make the course look more appealing to her, I called in a little backup:

Help just isn't what it used to be...

At first she was upset just to be put back in her outfit- kicking and whining.
But I kept saying "Let's go do gymnastics!" in a super cheery voice, and when she saw Carter rocking out the course (oh my he loved it so much) She decided to give it a shot as well.
I turned a Youtube gymnastics class onto the TV so that we can practice while being "distracted" by a nearby class (but I forgot to push play during this morning's practice....oh well I'll get it next time).
Since it took most of this morning to set up, we only got to practice once around each. They both got time to explore the set while I was setting it up as well. Here's hoping to many more sessions of good practice.

Repetition is the key with Addison. Why did I forgot that when dealing with something so big as a new class?

I'll let you know how this goes (and if it helps....fingers crossed!)

Thank you for all of your wonderful suggestions and encouragement! Since Addison is my first, it is hard for me to know how much of her behavior is typical for her age or not. I'm so glad that you are there to help teach me. (-:


  1. I just love this! I laughed so hard when I saw carter too cute!!

  2. Hi Deanna, catching up with old post as just came back from a wonderful 2 week vacation in your country. I was wondering if Addison could have some sensory issues. Her behaviour reminds me of another little girl with DS that didn't behave very well if the place was crowded with lots of noise and people. Of course this can be corrected by gradually exposing her to places with noises and people; even I know this girl used to listen " noise" with headsets as a therapy on a daily basis. Ask her therapists. And why don't you take her to McDonalds or to the mall and observe how she reacts?. Well, maybe I'm wrong, it's just an idea.
    Will read the excerpt of your book asap. Still jet lagged.
    Big kiss,


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