Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Little Boy Blue

Noah attended his very first official sensory class. I think it went beyond fantastic. There are only two other children and mommies in the class. All little boys. Noah is the most physically challenged, but each child brings this beautiful presence. Together the three of them make up a sweet little class. One of the little boys I suspect may have Autism, although none of us exchanged diagnosis with each other. I know his mother felt badly about his behavior and kept apologizing. When you're a parent to a special needs little one the last thing you ever need to do is apologize to someone who knows exactly how hard this is. I just wanted to hug her and tell her, she's doing the best she can do, and she's a great mom for trying all that she is. Maybe by class two or three I might do just that!

Noah read books and touched the fuzzy characters on each page, we played on therapy equipment, swings, trampolines, played with trucks and cars on a ramp, Noah would kick them down with assistance to the boys at the bottom and they would catch the trucks and bring them back up to Noah to kick down. I loved the fact that Noah was playing with other children, even if he needed help to do it. And he giggled and laughed and smiled the whole time.

We sang songs, played ring around the rosie, made a hammock and took turns swinging each little one in it. We also went outside and finger-painted in the shade. Noah came home blue, I came home blue, our clothes came home blue. But it was so worth it. I could care less really that we were all stained up. We both had a great time and that's all that matters.

I'm really looking forward to the rest of the classes, although it's just a six week class. I think it's going to offer us a little bit of fun for a while, and healthy stimulation for little Noah.

Next week we'll be adding the warm water to Noah's routine. Our already busy schedule will get a little bit busier. He hasn't been in the water for a few weeks, so I'm hoping he'll remember that it is a fun sensation and that we won't have to get reacquainted with it all. Noah will also be trying out the kidwalk again tomorrow, and with good luck will be using one on a trial basis the week after and then if all goes well my hope is that one will be ordered and he'll have his own. It's been many months since Noah was last in a kidwalk. He walked the first time in it, I hope he'll do it again.

"All this sensory input, which begins in the brain, has its effect throughout the body"
Norman Cousins


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