Yesterday, I wrote about the problems we worked on during 2010. Today, I've been thinking about what I want to address this year. These aren't specific goals - we have plenty of those in Moe's IEP - but some of the more challenging aspects of life that I hope we can make progress on.
Communication - This will be the number one goal for a long time.
Following directions - Moe is getting better about following simple, familiar instructions, but I really want to work on this, especially safety related directions, like "stop!"
Running away - If I'm not holding on to Moe's hand tightly, he'll run, no matter where we are. I'd love for him to learn to stick by my side at places like the grocery store and not run into the street when we're out. I can't take both kids to the park by myself, something I'd like to be able to do.
Neater eating - Moe is the messiest eater I have ever seen. He tears into anything he eats, muffin crumbs flying, cereal bars squished, sandwiches pulled apart, and crackers all over the floor. I'd like Moe to learn to take neater bites of things. He also refuses to eat with a fork, even though I know he is capable.
Bonus! - By this time next year, I'd love report that Moe is sleeping in a regular bed and that we have at least begun potty training.
This isn't a long list, but I know that as the year progresses, and as Moe develops and grows, new challenges will arise. We are getting better at analyzing issues, trying to make sense of the causes and find solutions. But, especially with a kid who does not speak, this is often a frustrating game of trial and error. We hope primarily that Moe's speech and communication will improve enough over this year that we can start to work on these issues with him, rather than having to constantly guess at what he needs.
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