Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Lately in therapy Izzy has been working on ordinary things that make her anxious and therefore shut down. Today, we were talking about what you do when you see someone (say hi!) or are leaving (bye bye!). Typically when we see someone, she shuts down and looks down at the floor and won't interact with them, even when it is someone she knows well. So we practiced waving and saying hi or bye. And then her therapist took her for a walk through the office and they practiced saying hi to people and then bye on the way back to the room :) When we left to go home, she even spoke to people in the elevator, which is a really big deal for her. It was a good session!
Izzy had Early Intervention today. We were meeting in her old playgroup classroom, the informal one she went to before she was old enough to be a part of the structured "official" group. I think Miss J and I were both expecting her to be very hesitant since she probably doesn't remember the room and new things make her so anxious but she did really well. She spent some time hiding behind me and pretending Miss J wasn't there but eventually some of the toys caught her interest and she even went through several period of talking to Miss J! We still had plenty of silence where she verbally shut down but even then she was still engaging Miss J, showing her things, making eye contact, gesturing for her to play, too. Eye contact and engaging and talking? That makes for a fantastic visit :D