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Sunday, February 05, 2006

This is Gayle, Griffin's Occupational Therapist, working with him in the pool. Gayle has worked with Griffin from 18 months through to 3 years old with the Programs for Infants and Children here in Anchorage and now she is working with him again. Griffin absolutely adores her and they get along famously. He has never had a tantrum with Gayle because her style and her methods are condusive to harmony. All I have seen him do is to laugh, play, and cooperate with her the whole time that they have worked together. I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to have Gayle as an O.T. again. Eventually, she is going to be working with him twice a week, once in the pool and the other in the clinic focusing on feeding issues and fine motor skills. Griffin needs to work on his tripod grasp of his writing utensils and get to the point where he always holds it properly. There are stll some issues that he has with food and I don't know if it is because of the autism or if it is just typical for a 4 year old as his pediatrician has reported to me. Whichever it may be we're going to work with him on it and hopefully get him to eat a wider variety of foods.

4 comments:

KCsMom said...

Love the photo Lora. It is always great to see Griffin and his OT as well!

Kristina Chew said...

We've also always done ABA programs to work on all these--tripod grasp, new foods, and the swimming---helps to reinforce skills across therapies.

Moi ;) said...

OOH while they are in the pool, get her to teach him swimming basics. I found that was the *best* thing I had Bug doing, the private swimming lessons - he loved the water and it also helped with his relaxing, his focus, and his gross motor skills. Along with various other assorted mental skills. :)

peggyloumorgan said...

You have every reason to be proud. Griffin is doing so well.