Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Get them out of their comfort zone

I have two kids with SPD.  One is very loud and outgoing as a rule and the other is very quiet and shy as a rule.  This week, they are both at OnStage Kids.  OnStage Kids is a local group that puts on drama camps for kids aged kindergarten through grade six.  It is a day camp and lasts from 9-3 Monday through Friday for a week.  During this week, the kids learn to sing, dance, act, and do crafts.  Friday brings a show in the evening that the kids have learned during the week.  The shows are always a blast for the kids and Christ is always somewhere in the script.  So they get vacation bible school, dancing, singing, and acting all in one!  Of course, my louder child couldn't wait for OnStage Kids.  I kept asking my shyer child if he wanted to attend this camp and he kept waffling.  Monday came and he hung on to me when it was drop off time.  The counselors averted his attention with some bouncy balls and I left.  It turns out that he had lots and lots of fun and had no trouble at drop off time today.  What had I done, I got him out of his comfort zone.  He would have preferred going home with mom and playing with his toys yesterday but I pushed him just a little.  He will blossom in the process.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Picky Eaters Class

Today, both of my kids went to their first picky eaters class.  There will only be four more of these classes before summer is over, but I am hopeful.  They are being taught by a nun at a local hospital.  She taught them how to set the table, what the napkin is for and had them try new fruits and different forms of fruits.  For example, dried apples, applesauce, apple juice, grapes, grape juice, raisins, and figs.  Yes, my picky eaters tried figs!  The figs came from the grounds of the convent.  I thought that was cool.  They were allowed to look at the items, smell, taste, and then spit out the food if they wanted to.  At the end of the class, they all gave a toast with their apple juice.  Cheers...to trying new foods! ;)


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