We never went through with it, but just lately I've been watching G and thinking maybe we should re-consider. If you've ever dabbled in all the bio-medical stuff, anytime there's a change in your child's development you can't help thinking, "Is he eating differently?, etc. Just lately G. has done so many things for me that he wouldn't have done six months ago. In the pediatricians' waiting room I showed him how to play "Twinkle, Twinkle" on a music app. He took the IPad from me and played it himself. Then he tried to play Happy Birthday, and got a lot of the notes right. He has also been doing all the things I mentioned in the last post.
So here are the possible interventions:
- Huge numbers of Kroger brand mini-pancakes. Substitution of healthier-seeming, name-brand mini pancakes is unacceptable.
- Excessive exposure to YouTube -- in particular a medley of The Rose, Happy Birthday and We are the World. Also endless viewings of grammar videos made by English as a Second Language websites (www.mes-english.com).
- File Folder Games-- G. will do any task that I present to him as matching Velcroed things in a file folder -- numbers, words, pictures of emotions, categories of objects. This could be a passing phase, in which case I'll be stuck with a whole bunch of file folders filled with clip art images and velcro.
In all seriousness, I think a lot of the changes can be chalked up to the IPad. Being able to operate the IPad with a touchscreen has changed the world for the twins. I don't know if it's all the fine-motor practice, or an increase in confidence, but now they are trying to use the computer mouse and doing things with apps they could never have done before.