Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Who Says Work Can't Be Fun?!?

It was Pretty's turn to work with Jo today. She's focusing on improving her attention span and speech. We think her speech is great. It's just that the rest of us don't understand Chinese. I get a good chuckle out of the fact that the Beast has the best speech of my three oldest children...and he's the Deaf one. Go figure, right? That just goes to show that you can never really guess what to expect from any child.

Pretty is getting ready to age out of ECI, so Jo had mentioned wanting to do something fun with her. I'm too cheap to take them out to play at a place where I have to pay. Why bother? With enough imagination and enthusiasm, the backyard can be Disneyland. Okay, so that can take a LOT of imagination and enthusiasm, but you haven't met Pretty. She's got it in her. Trust me.

We decided that we'd use our new water table in the backyard, and then make a picnic. What can be better than PB&J sandwiches, lemonade, and a Klondike bar?? Pretty was excited to make her own sandwich, count the scoops of lemonade mix, and share an ice cream with Jo. Jo was a great sport about it because, well, that's what she does best.

I have to say that Pretty has made some progress since she's been in ECI. We can understand more of what she's saying, and her attention span has increased from that of a flea to more like that of a mosquito. She stays at the same thing long enough to suck the life out of you before moving on.

No matter how you slice and dice it, it's clear that ECI work is tons of fun for Pretty. I'm not even sure she knew she was working today. And that's just the way it ought to be.
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  1. Gotta love speech therapy (which my boys simply call "playing")!! They don't even know they are learning anything, and they have so much fun! It is funny, because Nolan has about 8 million words at 21 months, and my older (hearing) son had 2 words at the same age. Go figure!

  2. Hurray for early intervention!!!!! Glad that pretty is making some nice progress. As a sidenote, we have the same water table. Fun fun!!!