Tyler - well what can I say about the improvements with the Manimal - they are amazing. He's really starting to talk, learning to speak in sentences, responding to some questions - dabbling with potty training, responding to behavorial management. The progress has been unbelievable, but i am so positive about everything as the changes I've seen have truly been since February and some of those since May. The behavorial psychologist said the words amazing - unbelievable at how quickly he's adapting and learning things. He said he can see changes and that SOME, not all, of his autistic characteristics are less noticble, (not that they aren't still there, just seem to not be as strong) to him and this has occured since February. Tyler actually spoke with the doctor a couple of times this time around - more so than just "hi" and "bye" he could tell that Tyler was becoming more responsive in the behavorial management and even saw a tantrum in his office that day but saw how quickly it subsided. He said he was very pleased to see how Tyler and I were interacting with much more behavorial structure and continued to provide me with tips and guideance on how to handle Tyler and his tantrums. I provide the doctor with all the information I receive from the school and he's been very pleased to see Tyler progressing so quickly. His school teacher is just so proud and impressed with him. She continues to say, how quickly Tyler has adjusted to her room enviroment, the structure and routine of a classroom. She does remind me that structure and routine is a very big key in helping ASD/Autistic children thrive - she can't get over how verbal he's become in a very short period of time. Academically wise she said he's just amazing, doesn't take him long to pick up on stuff at all. Like I've shared with the doctor and the teacher, when I learned and noticed the "one word" communication with Tyler, I've really taken efforts to speak in sentences, respond in sentences and use questions a lot. Granted, Tyler is still parrotting a whole lot and repeats the last word from sentences, but we have to remember, in February he wasn't hardly talking at all. This is a start - getting him to talk and then teaching him to structure sentences. She said his OCD traits are pretty strong, but that is very common with ASD/Autistic children and sometimes those can be harder to overcome than some of the ASD/Autistic challenges, but the process is slow - but can be done - i am very patient but I am very persitent in helping Tyler overcome challenges he faces, just like i've always tried to help Tori overcome and conquer challenges she has and will be facing. I've already shared the conversation about the birds with everyone - how exciting that was. We still use the picture schedule and I know we will be for a while, but some of our routines are now accomplished without the schedule. I am still a firm believer in limited sugar, no caffiene, no wheat, gluetin, and yeast - these are just small things that help his ability to focus. Sleeping schedules have gotten better still hard to maintain BUT unusual sleeping patterns is a very common trait with ASD/Autistic children - so sometimes knowledge and acceptance of things makes things easier to handle.
Hugs and blessings to all!
Hugs and blessings to all!
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