The other day we went along to our first DIS appointment (I’ll explain what this is in 1 second!) and were told not to expect it to work out well for Dylan but they wanted to give it a shot anyway. So of course I was game to try it, I mean anything that will help him is worth a shot really isn’t it?
So; DIS stands for – Developmental Intervention Services. Basically what they try to do is help your child to prepare for going to nursery in the near future. They do this by encouraging them to move from one task to another without fuss and to sit nicely in a seat when playing.
Going from one task to another is something that a lot of autistic children find really hard and something that Dylan really struggles with. They encourage this by a lot of adult led play, and hand on hand play to encourage them to try the new things.
Also by use of an object to show to the child that the current activity has finished and its time to move on to the next one to see what this items purpose is.
They set up several things on various tables that your children like so that they hopefully find moving to the next table an enjoyable experience and not so distressing.
To be able to do the next task at the table they need to be sitting down in the seat so that they can enjoy it. At the start of this they made find this difficult but we got around this by letting Dylan sit on my knee at the start and then by gradually putting him on the chair and me sitting beside him and moving slowly away until he is then hopefully good-by the end of this at sitting down for a short period by himself.
When we went today I wasn’t sure what to expect and after being told that they didn’t think it would work to well with him, I was trying not to get my hopes up. Though I went in feeling positive and fingers crossed. He wasn’t so upset by the waiting room this time, but I think that’s because I just let him free roam and he wanted to walk up and down the hallway so I let him do that rather than upsetting him and then this having a knock on effect to how well he coped with the DIS.
As we were taken into the room we met the lovely lady who was going to be doing this with us and his speech therapist was there to aid her with him as she knows what he can be like.
He went into the room without a bother which is pretty unusual for him in an unfamiliar place, and went straight over to the sand pit! Over the summer we have spent a lot of time at the beech filling buckets and emptying them so he loved doing this task, she then moved him onto the next one with lots of adult led moving as he wasn’t very keen on leaving the sand but then settled to the next few tasks well, after about 5 minutes he then decided he wanted back to the sand so she asked me if I would try him on my knee to try to encourage him to stay on task and surprisingly this worked wonderfully.
Though again after a few minutes he wanted back to the sand, she then decided that it was time to let him go back as he had coped really well with what she had done so far!
We then got asked a few questions and asked if we would like to try him with the six-week course, and I jumped at the chance. She told me that she would be very willing to do this as long as I agreed to be her helper while we were doing this to help encourage him and of course I agreed to this!
Roll on the next six Thursdays mornings! =D
Check out how we got on here;
Sorry for being rather quiet this week, but it has been crazy in my house with the whole back to school, being out of the house early and all that other jazz that goes along with being a parent in September!
Amellia hasn’t been so keen on school this year and had a few tears in the morning, but then when I pick her up she tells me that she has had a good day and chats away to her friends as we walk back to the car!
I think it’s just the whole beginning of school nerves again, and just getting used to the routine that is throwing her off a little! Hopefully in a few weeks time she will be skipping off into school again and really enjoying it all!
On Friday I went out for a bite to eat with my sister in Sugar Cane, and the food was lovely! We both had some calamari to start and the new pizzas for our main. They were fantastic, though a little hard to cut up!
We then headed over to Indie Fude for a little evening all about chocolate! It was a lush little evening and I don’t think I have ever ate so much chocolate in one sitting in my life! It was all simply incredible! Fantastic evening and I will be sure to keep an eye to see what other evenings they are doing to pop along too!
Was a friendly, happy, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere with some lovely people!
Can’t wait to head back again and interact with some adults!
Hope your little ones are finding back to school exciting and fun! =]
Dylan has recently got extremely good at writing the letter A, generally with both hands at the same time! As soon as he goes into the back garden he is looking for the chalk and tries to ensure that ever single gate panel has an A on it.
Amellia loves it when he writes the letter A, as she says that he is looking for her when he is doing it. I adore the fact that she is starting to enter his world and accepting that he interacts in other ways, and I for one will not be telling her that he just has a huge love for the letter A and writing it and that it doesn’t mean this!
He can also write a few other letters, but A is in a strong first place at the moment, along with his favourite colour; brown.
We all went to the park the other day and had such a lovely time, Dylan had me going down the slide and climbing up on the cargo net so that I could help him, well by help, he was clung to me like a limpet.. it made manoeuvering him to the slide pretty difficult but with daddy close by we made it safely!
We then went on the swing basket, after a while I told Adrian that it was his turn!
Look at this beautiful capture I got! I love it!
Amellia snuggling into him with the most beautiful smile while she held his hand and him accepting it, Dylan playing with her hair and daddy with them both safely beside him with the most loving & happy smile on his face!
Perfection, the three most important people to me, all having a lovey time together and I have this wonderful snap to look back at and smile!
Though I must say I’m pretty jealous he didn’t snap a picture of me with the pair of them.. but he is a man, this is why woman take selfies, otherwise they wouldn’t be in any pictures with their kids! lol!
Recently my lovely friend who I went to visit in Newcastle recently that I told you guys about here, came over to visit her family and to see me and my wonderful two!
It was a lovely surprise, as she had told me before that she was over but I had completely forgotten what date we were at with Amellia being off school the days seem to all just merge into one!
When she messaged me the day before asking me what I was up too, I had to hold in the excited squeals and stop myself from jumping about so that Amellia didn't ask what was happening! I decided not to tell Amellia so that it would be a big surprise for her as she hadn't seen her in a long time and is always really excited to see her and enjoys talking to her on Skype!
We decided to head up to lovely park that is close to her mums house where she was staying, what we didn't know though was that it was rose week and they had a fair and everything going on! Thankfully we arrived early, so it was very quiet and we got parked easily and the park was quiet.
We went for a lovely walk and we spotted some really beautiful roses and had lots of fun pointing out the different colours! Louise & Amellia also both really enjoyed rolling down a hill together! (Can't believe I wasn't quick enough to grab a snap of it!)
Amellia enjoyed smelling all of the roses and other flowers around, though from this picture it looks like she is about to ingest this one! She really enjoyed seeing the flowers, and was really pleased and surprised whenever she knocked on the houses door and out came Louise!
We all headed over to the park for a little play after we had admired all of the flowers, had races and rolled down hills! It was great that Louise was with us as she went off with Amellia and I was able to follow Dylan about to ensure that he was safe and concentrate on taking him to where he enjoyed and could put him in his pram when it was all getting too much.
I placed him back in his pram after a little while of going over the bridge and down the slide over and over again, and headed off to find where Louise & Amellia were!
We then headed back to the pram, but some of the food stalls had opened so, Amellia got to have a lovely little lunch of a crepe followed by an Ice Cream that Louise treated her too! =]
When we got back to the car after enjoying a lovely lunch the place was starting to fill up and people had just abandoned there cars left, right and centre. I think we got there and left at a perfect time, as its never fun trying to relax and enjoy a walk if a place is full of people! As we then drove back towards Louise's mums house Dylan fell asleep in the car and Louise suggested that we stop off at a little park close by and she would take Amellia out for a play and I could sit in the car!
They seemed to have a lovely time and I rather enjoyed just chilling in my car reading my book knowing that Dylan was happily sleeping and Amellia was off having a blast!
I can't wait to see her again and neither can Amellia!
Thank you Louise for a lovely day!
We have been trying to teach Amellia how to ride her bike for the past few days, at the start I thought it was never going to happen! She couldn’t stop nervous laughing, singing and just messing about!
We started off with the being really nice, patience, singing along and joining in with all her jokes. Keeping on the flat and slow pushing to start with.. until we realised this was getting us no where apart from a little girl who just couldn’t stop laughing!
We told her that she had to take it seriously if she wanted to learn and we were a little tougher, though reassuring, giving her all the compliments and the encouragement. This seemed to be the best way forward! By the end of the first day she had so nearly got it, but she had got tired and was asking if she could go and play in the park so we decided to call it a day and try again tomorrow!
The next day she more or less had it! But it was very apparent that her bike was pretty tiny for her and was making it more difficult to pedal! We told her if she would like, we could get her a bigger bike as an early birthday! She was ecstatic and just couldn’t wait to get the cycling down really well so she could head out to find a new bike!
This is the bike she picked and as you can tell by her rather excited face that she really loved it! We went round all of the local shops and typically she had her heart set on this one from the very first shop. It is based on one of her much-loved Disney movie The Descendants, we even managed to get her a matching helmet and bell, she couldn’t wait to pick it up the next day! Lucky for her though, the lovely man called me when she had just gone to bed to tell me he had already built it and if I wanted to pop over and get it I could, she was completely over joyed when I produced it the next day without having to go to the shop to pick it up!
She couldn’t wait to take it out for a spin, and we couldn’t wait to see what difference it made being on a bike that wasn’t for tiny little ones!
Off she went, with daddy by her side and the bike that was the right size made all the difference!!
Super proud mummy & daddy right now! =]
Look at her go!
So my advice for teaching your little ones how to ride the bike;
– Let go when they think you are still holding on!!
Hope you are enjoying your summer, I’m loving having both my kiddywinks together! =]
During this lovely weather, we have been getting out for lots of walks and enjoying ourselves. One of my favorite walks was when I took the kids to Crawfordsburn beach and we walked along to Helens bay and played in the sand and the sea!
While we were walking along towards the beach Amellia decided that she would like to push Dylan in his pram! Its was very hilly and it’s pretty hard to push a pram when you can’t see over the top of so I gave her a little hand. As she was pushing him along with we had a little chat and she told me that she wanted to practice taking him for walks in his pram now so that she could take him out when she is a teen!
How cute does she look pushing the pram! ❤
We then got to the beach and thankfully Dylans prams has nice big wheels so pushes wonderfully over the wet sand! The sea had just gone out so the sand was perfect and Dylan was happily napping in his pram. This meant that Amellia got to really enjoy the beach, play with the waves, make Rapunzel and hunt around in the seaweed without having to worry about leaving if he woke up in a bad mood.
We had such a wonderful time and it felt like some good old mummy daughter time too with Dylan fast asleep and Amellia having lots of fun, chasing her about the beach and helping her to build her Rapunzel!
It was a lovely day and will be a fond memory for us both!
Hope you are all enjoying your summer time, what have you been up too?!
Not many of my readers will be aware, but I have a huge love for my PS4.
I play it most nights and have a large range of games that I really enjoy playing. It’s an escape for me, somewhere where I don’t have to be an adult and I have to focus so much that I zone out and forgot about the real world.
When I heard that a Crash Bandicoot game was coming out I got rather excited, but once I discovered that they were just remastering the first 3 from PS1 and it didn’t have Crash Team Racing on it I was a little disappointed.
I bought it after a few days huffing, justifying that it’s a game Amellia could play and would enjoy… as soon as it was turned on, I didn’t want to give the controller up! The memories and the need to get all of the boxes to get the box crystal as well was far too much! I had to give up my desire to play it solidly all day and let her have a go! She died… a lot, but she was having fun so that’s all that mattered!
Once the little ones were fast asleep in bed we turned Crash Bandicoot Warped on! It was always a favourite in my family and we would sit for ages playing it, trying to beat each other’s top time to complete the levels! The hubby though had never played Crash before… I mean, who hasn’t played Crash before?! I was stunned! We settled down with a few drinks and got cracking!
All of a sudden it was two in the morning and we had been playing it the whole night!
We gave up on collecting the box crystals and are going to go back through the levels to get them after we have all the extra skills you pick up at each boss, but the memories!
I could remember nearly every single level that we played and quickly understood why my dad got so angry at levels when he kept dying at the really easy parts!
It was called a night though whenever we became stuck on the same level that was always a pain.
The motorcycle one. If you have played this game you will know what I’m talking about.
I swear those little blue go-kart type cars go fast than crash on his motorbike!
This game really made me feel so nostalgic. Absolutely worth a buy, even if it is just for a trip down memory lane; it’s also Fantastic, infuriating, simple, family friendly and fun!