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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Will Work For Food

Nathan's new speech therapist came aboard yesterday and she's wonderful! We've made some very significant changes in our eating techniques and that's only the beginning! Her first visit was Monday and I was unable to be here but Nathan's Aunt Kathy filled me in the moment I came home. Our first significant change - Nathan needs to be an active participant when eating.

As you can see from this picture, Nathan would sit in his high chair, open his mouth and wait for mommy to bring him a spoon full of yummy food. What's wrong with this picture? Nathan really hasn't been actively participating beyond chewing and that had to change. I had no idea.

We now have to bring the spoon to him but not to his mouth. Now, I bring it just in front of him - at which point he has to sit up and actively place his mouth around the spoon and/or hold the spoon and feed himself. Well, this didn't go over so well at first.
But, Nathan got the hang of it after a while. It was the battle of the wills and knowing it was for his own good - I persisted. In the below picture you can see he's sitting up to get the food ~ BINGO.
After a few bites he even began to feed himself. Way to go Nathan!

The next morning the therapist wanted to show me "the new technique" so that I could begin implementing it. I told her, that I had already begun to do that yesterday. When she began to feed Nathan he was actively participating in the process and she couldn't believe it! She said, "he wasn't doing this yesterday." Yeah, I know. That's my little star!
We're also working on some other things but that's another post for another day!

4 comments:

Mairead Elizabeth Hickok said...

He is a quick learner- what a smart little guy! I love the progression of pictures- especially the one in which he is letting you know exactly how he feels about this new arrangement- so funny! Glad to hear that things are going well with the new therapist!

Conrad, Megan and Our Precious Keaton said...

Hi Terry Family, lovely to hear from you and thanks for the message on my blog! Right now i would offer you some of our hot weather for some of your cold weather.. Its very very hot here!
Im so happy that you like your new therapist, she sounds wonderful! Oh and Nathan is soooo cute in the picture where he is feeding himself! HOORAY FOR NATHAN! Keep well and God bless, Megan

Carol said...

He learns so quickly - I guess food is a great motivator! So cute feeding himself like a big boy!

Lianna said...

Way to go Nathan! You are looking like such a BIG boy now and doing big boy tasks!

I just love how quickly he took to feeding himself. You're a great mom to be so involved so quickly, too. I am happy that your therapist is working out GREAT!