Ryan was right back into the car ramp activity after breakfast. I pegged a net to the over-door clothes airer and Ryan had fun throwing plastic balls into it. The plan was for them to roll out and into the paper bag I drew a face on but Jasper jumped in the bag first lol.
We were watching music videos and Ryan found a pool noodle. He spent ages twisting it, balancing on it, spinning it… and teasing Jasper with it.
I asked Ryan if he wanted to go to the movies. We watched the trailer for a new kids film and I thought it would be good to go before school let’s out for the holidays this weekend. He said yes and I told him its on after lunch. He was quite happy about that. He has really enjoyed going to the movies. We just have to time it for quieter times like during the school term not holidays (and I often ring ahead to see if they have any group bookings so we can avoid a packed theatre), a good time of day (earlier in the day the better), and judge if Ryan is in the kind of headspace to sit for nearly 2 hours and not talk too much (yeah right lol). And also be willing to leave if it’s too much for him. Today ticked all the boxes so that was our afternoon planned 🙂
We got out a new book called “Noddy – Mr Plod Paints the Police Station”. Ryan has seen Noddy on TV and enjoyed it and he loved this book too, especially when Mr Plod fell off the ladder and went CRASH!
He did a tracing worksheet and coloured in the fish, and we worked together to sort “sense of touch” picture stickers into hard, soft, rough and smooth boxes in his The Body workbook.
We had an hour before the movie was beginning and Ryan asked for a bath. And then when he was in the bath he said he didn’t want to go to the movies today! I was surprised because he was very keen earlier. I asked him again when he was dressed and he still said he didn’t want to go! I suggested we could go tomorrow and he agreed. I totally expected him to ask to go once it was too late but he didn’t.
He played with the balls and net for ages and then “attacked” David with the pool noodle till they were both laughing 🙂
Mid afternoon we dropped Alex off at the movies to see a film he had been wanting to see, and I totally expected a meltdown from Ryan if he decided he was going too. But he was perfectly fine! A year ago we could never have done that, there would have been a complete meltdown at each transition (getting in the car, stopping to drop Alex off, and getting out of the car at home). Going out for drop offs and pick ups of the teenagers was a nightmare. I have to remind myself of the huge progress we have made in some areas like this, especially when I’m struggling with other behaviours.
It has been raining quite steadily since about lunchtime so Ryan was excited we got to use the windscreen wipers in the car. And he loves watching out the lounge windows to see other vehicles using lights and wipers – almost more entertaining than TV!
Another thing we have been working on today is prep for Ryan’s next EEG appointment. We are counting down sleeps, looking at photos from previous visits, and talking about what we need to do (get a haircut this weekend, sit still for the stickys to go on, keep the hat on until the lady says he can take it off, listen to the ladys instructions when she says to blow on things and look at things). This will be the 4th (or 5th, can’t quite remember) time he has had an EEG (photos are from his first one many years ago).
While we were waiting for Stefan to get home from work Ryan played with Percy the train and Jasper got some love 🙂 and a Diesel balanced on him lol.
Ryan asked for some more balls and was very proud when he got them all in the net! He emptied it and refilled it a number of times! He told me “I’m doing good exercise!” and he was right, he worked up a sweat!
An interesting day that didn’t really go how I thought it would but that’s OK 🙂