JD McCarty for a while now & Jayden loves it so much! His therapist started him on therapeutic listening twice a day for thirty minutes per time. Each CD that he uses is supposed to work in a different way to help him, every two weeks we get a new CD. I will be honest enough to say not all of them have been good, the last one we had would jack him up so much that after listening he would walk in circles & spin his finger. The current one is Mozart & let me say WOW! He loves it! I wasn’t sure about the whole listening to music as a form of therapy, not to say I wasn’t sure it would work because 1. Our Therapist is super rad! 2. What the hell do I know about therapy! Before we started OT & the headphones it was not out of the norm for Jayden to bring home 20 pages of homework & that’s even with the teacher modifying the work! Now why my 2nd grader needs that much work period is a whole other blog but that being said it is what it is. Today he brought home 2 & yesterday in the Wednesday Folder he only had 3. Is that all from OT & the headphones? I hope not! Because my wife & I have been crazy bustin’ butt to work with him on his trouble areas but I’m pretty sure it’s 80% or better!
No one to what happened when I put the camera in his face to take the picture to the right! I knew I wanted to talk a little about & praise the therapeutic listening so as we were about to take the headphones off I asked him to take a picture for me & this is the pose I got! I’m not sure but its seemingly linked to when he said not to long ago ‘daddy…I can’t wait to be a teenager!’ We do a lot of photography shoots & I think looking at some of the poses & faces they make were translated pretty well by my little aspie. I could hardly hold the camera still I was laughing so hard!
On a short side note, I have been so crazy excited about all the great feedback I have been getting about this blog! It helps so much to know that some of the odd things or the day-to-day struggles we go through are shared by so many! Its kind of funny, just a few years ago the only thing about Autism I knew was that one time I watched ‘Rain Man’ Now we are neck-deep in it! The feedback via e-mail, comments, & most of all on my facebook! But if you are reading this & have not “liked’ Adventures in Asperger’s on FB yet then head over that way! Same way with twitter, I’m really going to try to tweet more because I really like it.
P.S. Parents, do your kids know they have Asperger’s or Autism? How did you tell them or they find out? Post it on the comments section or post your story on my wall, I think thats the next blog I will post & it might be interesting to hear other families stories!