Lately, I have been trying to give Griffin more responsibilities and challenges. I try not to carry him as much or use the stroller and he's been impressing me a lot! At school, they are doing their best to help him master the flight of stairs, so I've stepped it up a notch at home, too. I make him go up by himself and help him walk down by holding his hands. When he comes home from school, he is so exhausted that I have to end up carrying him, his little legs will give out on him. He really tries so hard and I'm so proud of him!
Today was his behavioral health appointment. His behavioral specialist is the best doctor in the world to us. We really hate to leave him behind but he has a plan for Griffin and Little G in MS so we won't have to go without therapies while we are there.
So what did he say about Griffin? Well, when we got Griffin out of the orphanage, he gave Griffin a cognitive age of 4-7 months in most areas and up to 10 months in others. (I didn't know he considered Griffin in the 4 month range until today!) Today, he gave Griffin a cognitive age of 10-17 months. Griffin is all over the place in the things that he can do. I think he has a very good understanding of many things, however, he just can't DO them. He's still trapped inside of his little body. He's working very hard, though, and I'm so proud of him! He also warned us to be very careful with labels. He said that many people will want to label him with autism but that he hasn't been out of the orphanage long enough for that kind of diagnosis. We need to give him more time before we go there.
So I have a lot to think about right now. He gave me some insight on Griffin's schooling in the states and for Little G as well. He feels that Little G needs to be in a school setting one or two times a week for now. (She's 2 years old, though, so I'm not sure what is available for her.) Griffin needs to be at school for about 5 hours a day instead of 2. He is going to learn by example and needs to be exposed more and I totally agree.
Little G is at OT right now and having a blast. I am sitting here at home, alone, for the 1st time in over 2 years! It's a very strange feeling and I'm not sure I like it! haha. The silence is a little eerie!
But anyway, I should do something important with this alone time that I have... like eat some chips and salsa and watch an episode of Swamp People or something.
Love and Hugs!!!