He’s Copying!!

Happy Max

He’s started copying. Really copying! I’m so happy I could cry!

This morning was the start of our new routine. Max up bright and early instead of letting him sleep till noon (hey, what can I say, he’s like his mother, but it’s not good for him!), he was up once I got back from dropping off Zack at school.
Don’t worry, he wasn’t alone, Dean was there too, both of them sound asleep. πŸ™‚

So he’s up, having his breakfast and instead of leaving him to it I figured we’d try the spoon again. He won’t lift it himself but he WILL let me fill it up before he takes it from me, yay for progress!

Then he did his lil ‘high five’ routine which is as follows:
1. “Gai gahh” (high five) *holds his hands open wide for a high five.
2. “worrrrrrr” (word) *puts his hand in a fist till I do the same and we (gently!) punch our knuckles together.
3. “ica ica ica” (tickle tickle tickle) *holds his hands out, palms up, for me to tickle them.
4. Repeat 1-3 ad infinitum, or until mummy decides to change the game.

I pointed to the garden and said “ohh rainy day” with my hands doing a ‘raining’ action, and he copied the action!
This is HUGE for my lil man. HUGE.
Then I did the hiding my face “one two three BOO” thing, and again, he copied (complete with BOO at the end!!).

I figured since he seemed to be in a copying mood I’d try with his favourite rhyme, Twinkle Twinkle.
Well goddammit that boy did EVERY action in the song!
EVERY! ACTION!
Including pointing up to the sky and doing the diamond shape!!!
Dear GOD I am so so happy to see him engaging with me like this! It’s amazing! Soooo exciting to see!!

After breakfast I set him up in his lil chair/desk with some blocks, to do some one-to-one play.
We have 4 things to play with.
1. lego blocks, building them high and then pushing them over to start again.
2. a touch-book with lots of nice furry things in it, for his sensory needs.
3. a shaker/maraca type thing.
4. bubbles (the reward for playing so well).

Basically the idea is to get him used to having things changing around him by giving him code words, ie “last one”, “finished”Β  “turnover” (for the book) etc.
The whole lil ‘set’ only takes about 5 minutes at the moment, as otherwise he’ll get bored, and the whole point is to keep him occupied, but as time goes on we’ll add more games to the mix, and he might even start letting me *read* the book to him, who knows!

So far today’s been awesome, and it’s only just 11am! I’m thinking Zack being at school isn’t just good for him, but his little brother too. πŸ™‚

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33 Comments

  1. August 20, 2010 / 12:47 am

    Oh it IS! It’s wonderful! πŸ™‚

  2. August 20, 2010 / 12:47 am

    She will get there sweety. Our kids, they’re just on their own time frame. πŸ™‚

  3. August 20, 2010 / 11:16 am

    Sweet little guy. It must be so good to see him responding.

  4. August 20, 2010 / 11:41 am

    BRILLIANT!!!

    Oh this is so good.

    Amy doesn’t copy. Heh.

  5. August 20, 2010 / 2:14 pm

    That’s WONDERFUL! He’s so adorable; even with cheese powder on his face, I’d never stop kissing him! πŸ™‚

  6. angelfeet
    August 20, 2010 / 3:07 pm

    Fantastic!

  7. August 20, 2010 / 6:40 pm

    Hehe I very often do… he has the most kissable cheeks. πŸ™‚

  8. August 20, 2010 / 6:40 pm

    I know! πŸ™‚ x

  9. August 20, 2010 / 7:41 pm

    This really is great news, imitation is not something that comes naturally to our little boys so when they ‘get it’ it really is amazing and a HUGE step. Well done all of you, enjoy πŸ™‚ Jen

  10. August 20, 2010 / 8:55 pm

    That is great – sounds like you work so well with him!!! (the bubbles for reward and step-by-step process etc). Do you have a background in something educationally related?
    https://www.pampersandpinot.com

  11. August 21, 2010 / 12:14 am

    Thanks sweety, I’m SO proud of him! And as of last night he’s giving me kisses on demand!! AWESOME!! πŸ˜€

  12. August 21, 2010 / 12:15 am

    Zack also had a great day and… get this… he slept till almost 10am this morning!! Ahhh school, not just good for learning things! πŸ˜‰

  13. August 21, 2010 / 12:17 am

    Thanks Kristy, I do try!
    I haven’t got any background in education (other than my mum being an early years primary teacher while I was growing up!), these are routines that Max’s speech therapist has given us to go through with him, and they’re working well so far! πŸ™‚

  14. August 21, 2010 / 12:18 am

    Thanks Fiona! He’s coming on so well, I’m so proud of my lil man. πŸ˜€

  15. August 21, 2010 / 12:19 am

    Thanks Tan, I’m so happy I could burst! Last night and today… he’s started giving kisses on demand! I’m so happy I could cry!! Almost 3 and he’s finally giving me kisses!!! πŸ˜€

  16. Fiona
    August 21, 2010 / 4:20 am

    Oh Yay yay yay!
    That is such awesome progress!
    I’m absolutely delighted for you !
    YAY YAY YAY!!!!

  17. August 21, 2010 / 6:36 am

    That is FANTASTIC! I’m so happy for you guys! What a proud mum you are, it’s beautiful to see.

  18. August 21, 2010 / 1:34 pm

    Aw Marilyn, that’s wonderful! It makes me so happy to read posts like these…. xx Jazzy

  19. August 21, 2010 / 4:29 pm

    Great news! I’m so pleased for you all. And he looks sooo gorgeous on the photo.

  20. August 21, 2010 / 8:35 pm

    That little man is a doll! And apparently he’s making great strides! Your one on one time is going to do great things for him!

  21. August 21, 2010 / 9:21 pm

    Thanks Jaz, he’s doing SO well! πŸ˜€

  22. August 21, 2010 / 9:22 pm

    Thanks Sandrine, of course I totally agree… not that I’m at all biased! πŸ˜‰

  23. August 21, 2010 / 9:22 pm

    Thanks sweety, I hope so! πŸ™‚

  24. August 22, 2010 / 12:25 am

    He loves it, full of smiles and giggles when he’s copying, which is so nice to see! πŸ™‚

  25. August 22, 2010 / 11:28 am

    Aw, that’s amazing, it must be so great for him as well, to have that new connection. Lovely pic, too.

  26. August 22, 2010 / 8:08 pm

    That is such fantastic news!!

  27. August 23, 2010 / 7:41 am

    Thanks sweety, I’m over the moon! πŸ™‚

  28. August 23, 2010 / 10:42 am

    There are no boundaries on how far love and caring can take you. And there are no limits to the power either of them has on those who are broken.

    This is just another show of that power, power of love.

    Towards more successes like no other, Max! Let there be no limits!

    C out

  29. August 23, 2010 / 10:55 am

    Aww thanks Copra! It’s amazing seeing how well he’s come on in just the last few months. I’m full of optimism about his (our?) future. πŸ™‚

  30. August 23, 2010 / 1:14 pm

    Wow, that’s amazing!! Well done to both of you. I am so pleased for you both *grins from ear to ear*

  31. August 23, 2010 / 1:46 pm

    Thanks sweety, I’m SOOOO happy! πŸ˜€

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