Nathan's speech therapist suggested a few weeks ago that Nathan be involved in some play groups. She felt his participation would help him with his vocalization development. Well, last week we participated in three play groups. The first, at our local Town library posed many challenges for me. I was nervous about how people were going to react to Nathan - something most parents never have to contemplate. At home, Nathan's safe from the cruelness and the misguided curiosity of the world, but I had to do it. We arrived a few minutes late! Of course, everyone was already there - sitting in the nicely organized classroom circle and there was no room for us - so we sat up front next to the teacher! Center stage - right where we were meant to be.
After the silly song session, which Nathan loved (he was the only child - dancing) it was play time. Major struggle number two - germs! I literally sat there for 5 minutes talking to myself about whether Nathan should go play with the other children or if we should just go home. I weighed all the pros and cons and eventually let him go. YIKES!
Nathan was funny, all he wanted to do was take the toys from the other kids! I thought - yep, that's a sign of an only child. Danny disagrees. He said, "the kids with the most toys wins!"
What I've come to realize about these play groups is that the children interact very little and I think at this stage in life that's normal. It seems to be more of parental social hour, which isn't so bad but we don't attend for my benefit. I'm going to continue to attend these playgroups and see how it goes.