|This is the "in a trance" face Ryan gets after swinging for a few minutes. He stays in this zone for 15 minutes easily, sometimes 20 to 30 minutes.|
|He was holding on to and playing with the smallest puzzle piece ever. He was pretending it was a rocket ship.|
Next on the list is a possible homemade tunnel. I'm just trying to determine the best way to configure the opening so it stays open... (Any ideas Amber??) I was going to get some ugly, hilariously bright, fabric and just have fun with it! SO,Joann's sale section, here I come... but it was an epic fail! Even the fabric in the sale section was too pricey to get enough to make a decent tunnel. I checked out some dog agility ones online too but they're not cheap and I'm milking this cash! Finally, last night, I was remaking Ryan's bed after doing laundry and I had a thought...why not use an old sheet that isn't used! So I grabbed two sheets that we have lying around and now it's in the "to sew" in-box I have to be completed... (hopefully sooner than later).
I'm still working on the weighted items. I still want to get him the yuk-e ball. I am also considering a balance beam that Amber told me she made. Sounds awesome and Ryan has a blast balancing on stuff. Maybe I can get him a bosu ball...
On another note, we completed the testing for Autism with Kaiser. Great news, Ryan is not autistic. His final diagnosis is learning delay with speech delay and sensory processing disorder. Now the school district says Ryan displays autistic like behaviors and that's true. But the testing is done and the labels mean nothing. It is fine with me because they will continue to offer us the services Ryan needs to be prepared for general education. He also is too young to be diagnosed with Asperger's or ADD. So with the testing done, we just have to follow up with a behavior specialist every 6 months to a year, continue with occupational therapy, and see a speech therapist for however long they see fit.
The main objective in the testing was to rule out Autism to better diagnose the sensory issues. Most Autistic kids have some sort of sensory issues (or so I've been told by everyone from the school district and Kaiser). It's, of course, not always the case, but this is why we pushed for the testing despite everyone insisting that Ryan wasn't autistic. (And I use the term everyone but some thought it was possible). So now with clarification we can hone in to the sensory needs. The psychologist ruled out autism and says Ryan is a case where he only has SPD and speech delays.
I guess that's all for now. I will post again soon. Hopefully I will have the tube and the weights. I shall keep you all posted.
Audrey (and Ryan)