Enjoying a beautiful day outside on the play structure. Love how much garden we have at our new house. The space allows our boys lots of room to play, explore, exercise and be creative....
Ciaran and Shay have the MOST incredible teacher. I volunteer in her class once a week and I am constantly in awe of all of the amazing things that she is doing with her students. All of the kids in her class are so far ahead because of her tireless efforts and her desire to reach each individual learner. We could not have asked for a better start to Ciaran and Shay's introduction to mainstream education. Here is a picture of Ciaran reading the message of the day from her SmartBoard :)
Cris and I will readily admit that we are probably the most guilty at times of not providing the opportunities that Ciaran and Shay need to develop independence. We always seem to have somewhere to go...and in our rushing around - we often do not give the boys the opportunity to be as independent as they can be given the time they need to be so.
Being pregnant again, I have found a huge spurt in their independent skills lately. Because I am trying to avoid lifting the boys, they are forced to do much more on their own. And I must say, they have risen to the occasion to do so.
They are working on getting in and out of the van on their own now when we go to appointments. Shay is completely able to execute this task on his own and Ciaran is getting there quickly. These opportunities to be independent lend confidence to Ciaran and Shay's world, and it enables them to feel typical....such a beautiful thing!!!
Cris and I need to continue to be conscious of goals for Ciaran and Shay around independence. We also need to always be thinking ahead - there is so much that the boys can do with a little bit of teaching and a lot of time...things that come so naturally to most kids like dressing, toiletting, getting into the car, and getting a snack are herculean tasks for the boys....unless you live it...you never ever realize how much physical movement, coordination, and fine motor skills are necessary for the execution of the most mundane tasks!!!