Saturday, December 09, 2006

Good Day / I Got That Covered


Yesterday C.B. asked if we wanted to go to WalMart. Before I answered I had to go through my mental list. I call it my mental list. What is K.C. going to do? What should I bring? Can he handle it? The most important..are there sliding doors? I remembered that there are sliding doors. So I told C.B. "hey there are sliding doors." He said, "not to worry, I got that covered." I am sure he heard my, " hmmmmm." So off we went. C.B. asked me to stop at Mcdonald's before we went into WalMart. He ordered two Grilled Chicken sandwiches, he inhaled those in about 7 minutes I am not joking. Do all College Kids eat like this? I ordered French Fries for K.C. but College Boy said to wait to give them to K.C. So when we got to Walmart we took K.C. out of the car. College Boy ran ahead of both of us standing at the sliding door to keep it open before K.C. noticed. It worked! K.C. didn't get to see the doors slide open even though he was searching with his eyes. So after K.C. and I got through the doors College Boy followed. He then handed K.C. the fries. K.C. walked through the store eating the fires and was quiet. No screaming! C.B. tried on shoes and told K.C. "sit" and he did. ABA has taught K.C. to sit and I mean sit. You can tell K.C. "sit" and he will plop right down instantly, no hesitation at all. It's funny cause C.B. motioned for K.C. to "sit" next to him on the small seat but as soon as K.C. heard "sit" he plopped right down where he stood. Thank you ABA therapists for teaching K.C. to sit. His therapists have been WONDERFUL. I should mention something about the picture above and K.C.'s shoes. I feel it's important. K.C. used to walk on the front of his feet constantly. I could not get him to stop. Our OT (previous OT) recommended shoes with a very firm bottom. We got the shoes pictured above and when he wears these it makes it very hard to walk on the front of his foot. He now walks just like everyone else. K.C. made it through the store and as we waited in line he ran out of fries. He made his noises, screeches and was twisting his fingers around. We got stares so C.B. took a squishy ball from his pocket and handed it to K.C. he quieted down and and held the ball, squeezed and sniffed it. On the way out C.B. ran ahead to open the sliding door before K.C. could see it. I am so proud of K.C. I am going to have to try new things with him, different approaches. I really need to go to this site and order more stress balls. http://www.officeplayground.com/balls.html There is even a rubber band ball kit to make your own rubber band ball. It looks really fun. Thank you C.B. for helping us. You are wonderful with K.C. and we appreciate you very much!

6 comments:

JUST A MOM said...

Isn't it GREAT when you can take a breath and watch some one else jump in with a NEW thing that works. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Anonymous said...

That is SO awesome! It's not being able to do the little things like a trip to Wal-Mart every now and again that can really get you down. How wonderful that you're finding new approaches and new ways to get out into the world!!!

I'm so excited for yoU!

Hugs

Julie

Anonymous said...

Very smart and very smooth CB! He's pretty awesome with KC! Isnt' that wonderful? You must be so proud!

Anonymous said...

Super proud of KC. Can I borrow the CB? Geeeesh, he is a big help thinking ahead with the doors and fries. We have to always be thinking a step ahead with our little guys, I just wish I always had the energy! :)

kyra said...

wow! cb is a rock star! how sweet of him (and smart!) to think that whole thing through!

Anonymous said...

this is a SUPERB example of all those extra things us parents of autistic children have to think about before going to do the simplest errands....like running to Wal*Mart! Noah on the other hand LOVES sliding doors and wants to step on them to trigger them opening and closing...opening and closing....he could do that all day if I let him!