Thursday, January 14, 2010

Problem Solving and Straws

We have been trying so hard with that darn honey bear and getting her to use the straw and she has had some brief success, but only a couple times. It is hard to squeeze the honey bear so that the water is just up in the straw and then help her mouth and all that business, so I decided to try something completely different. I filled a straw cup to the very top, it was over flowing with water when I screwed the top on and the water even came out the straw, and then I gave it to her and helped her mouth, by giving her jaw support and squeezing her cheeks, AND SHE DID IT!!! SEVERAL TIMES IN A ROW LAST NIGHT!!! I thought maybe it was a fluke, but she was very successful at lunch again today and didn't need a ton of support, but just the reminder of it. BUT SHE DID IT!!! I almost cried at lunch. We have been working on this for at least 6 months. It is so exciting to FINALLY get some results and she was just tickled with herself too. There was lots of smiles and laughter from everyone.

Aubrey is feeling so much better this week and is almost (I say cautiously in case she is listening:) completely well again! With health comes energy and getting back to work on skills. Yesterday she sat by the window with this red drum stick and this yellow half circle that has a hole in the bottom, for at least 30 minutes. At first, I thought she was just banging around, I then realized what she was trying to do. I grabbed the video and waited. I wanted to catch her success and I did right away!

Today her Developmental Specialist teacher Liz was here and I was eager to have her see and figured that she wouldn't do it again, but did it in like 10 seconds. We are so proud of her!
We can't wait to see what she does next:)


  1. YAY!!! That's so wonderful to hear!! WTG girlie!!

  2. I'm greatly enjoying catching up on your amazing blog...way to stick with it...a great way to journal your thoughts, challenges, and share your faith with others who may read it. What a positive and colorful witnessing tool you have! How great for the rest of us to also get to celebrate Aubrey's progress! So happy to read of your good day!

  3. Just stumbled upon your blog - you are definitely an inspiration!! So happy for you and your little girl :-)

  4. Woohoo! Way to go, Aubrey girl! We are so proud of you! You need to teach Noah your skills with the straw. We're not there yet. : ) Thanks for the exciting update!

  5. How GREAT! LC would have SO flipped that activity the bird after 5 seconds of failed attempt. I love her gumption and problem solving. What a STAR!

  6. What awesome successes! Love the determination from both of you. It pays off totally! Great job Aubrey and mom!


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