It's been a busy day, so I'm going to cheat a little on our "Moe's Favorite Things" holiday special and just say that what Moe really loves to do is be really, really active. If we let him go at a park, he'll just run and run. At home, he spins, runs, climbs and jumps. He can get quite manic, actually. I used to try to calm him down when he got in these moods, afraid that over-excited Moe would quickly turn to over-tired Moe and end in a screaming meltdown. But a recent OT consultation helped us realize that Moe needs these releases of energy, and that we can use them rather than work against them. That led to us making a few changes in Moe's schedule, like giving him a bath (a very exciting activity) in the afternoons instead of right before bed.
I also try to use Moe's energy to try to get some language out of him. For those of you who don't know Moe, he is able to talk some. He has very little functional language, so that is obviously something we work on a lot. He used to talk more, mostly labeling things, and was easy to understand. But now, when he does talk, he has trouble forming the words. It is almost like he hasn't used those mouth muscles so he needs to build them up again. But lately he seems a bit more willing to try, so I use every opportunity to hear his words. Here is an example of that. Enjoy!