Friday, October 16, 2009

End to a great week

Alex ended the week really well. He only brought home one unfinished paper each day on Wednesday and Thursday and both of those were completed within 15-20 minutes at home with minimal fuss. I don't know how long it will last--I'm not so naive as to think we won't have a regression or two ;)--but I'm enjoying it and I think he is too!

I won tickets to the circus through another local blog so we all went to the circus Thursday night. The boys have been to Circus Flora but the girls have never been to a circus before. Danielle was a little overwhelmed and scared at the beginning. It was loud and dark with random lights and she had no clue what was going on. But as it went on she enjoyed it more. Emily thought it was the coolest thing ever. The boys liked it except that Alex had some issues with some of the tricks. At one point, they "sawed" one clown in half. Alex was on the other side of Mark, but apparently he was shouting "No, no, don't do it, it will hurt!" to the clowns.

What's really awesome about that is that it shows he is developing theory of mind. One of the components of theory of mind is empathy. When Alex first did testing for his speech apraxia the testers were concerned that he did not show good development of theory of mind--in other words, understanding that other people do not perceive situations the same way you do and may not feel the same way you do. So even though Alex was comfortable in his chair, he was able to understand that a clown was about to be "sawed" in two and that that would hurt that man (that the man was not comfortable just because Alex was comfortable). That is an amazing jump in emotional maturity for him! He was also worried when one of the acrobats was going to jump through a ring of fire.

Friday the kids were off of school (we would NOT have taken them to the circus late at night if they'd had school the next day! ;)) so everyone got to sleep in. Since Alex had done such a good job with his work last week I just let everyone play all day. It was a great day and we had a lot of fun home together!


Tina said...

That is really great progress - both in his school work and in his emotional growth. Yay God!

Also, we took Zeke yesterday to Four Muddy Paws! Thank you so much for the recommendation! We had a good time checking it out, even though Zeke was a bit freaked out in the beginning. He got used to standing in the bath and didn't mind being blow-dried at all. He was such a good dog! One dog tried to bite the opening to the dryer each time the owner pointed the dryer at him, and one little dog continually barked at her owner for trying to dry her with that thing! I was grateful to have Zeke, who didn't feel the need to add to the dog-washing/drying drama. Thanks so much for the recommendation!! Zeke is still itching, but we could tell he experienced some significant relief yesterday. Yay God! Only 7 more days til he sees the specialist!

BT said...

Yay for Alex on both counts (and hope the positive progress with school work continues!!!).