Monkey is 4 years 6 months old
This week has been a rather interesting week for Monkey, primarily outside of the schoolroom. As you might remember, Monkey has been diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder with Selective Mutism. As you also might remember, we had noticed several cognitive difficulties popping up that were making learning difficult for her. Well, this past week, we took her back to her former therapist (who happens to be Jedi’s autism therapist), and he has decided to have her assessed for an autism spectrum disorder as well. If she does have a form of ASD, we would not be surprised, given how similar symptoms of RAD are to ASD. What does make it surprising is that Monkey will not only have the exact same allergies as the other kids, but will also have the same developmental issues…keeping in mind, Monkey is not biologically related to our other children, this is quite interesting (and somewhat concerning…). Anyhow, these evaluations should take several weeks, but hopefully we’ll have a better idea of how to help Monkey soon.
In the mean time, we’re doing a lot of trial and error with her. Since Jedi has autism, we do have several resources under our belt to help academically, socially, and emotionally–it’s just a matter of pinning down what the exact issues are.
And on to what you really came to see….Monkey’s week in review.
Monkey looking at the "forest in a box"...it has various objects that you might find in the forest--bark, acorns, bird egg, cocoon, porcupine quill, etc.
Dot painting...one of her favorite activities!
Working on the alphabet puzzle
Working with the knobbed cylinder
Monkey begged to use clay this week, so I brought out the new tub. She *loved* it!
Zoo animal-themed pom poms for 1 to 1 transferring
Summer themed tonging exercise--moving the bugs/flowers/lizards from the fish tray to the vase
Monkey using the spoon to scoop rice
Working with the binomal cube--Monkey can do this really quickly now! We'll be bringing out the trinomial cube this week as a result.
Working with the tonging activity
Montessori in the kitchen...Bug washing tomatoes and Monkey cutting them up to make tomato sauce
Monkey cutting the tomatoes
Bug washing the tomatoes
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