“Baby Cup Milk” – A New 3-word Phrase

Noah (6 with Down syndrome) has a new three-word phrase he has come up with. Not one to deviate, it falls right into line with the fact that food remains a huge motivator for Noah when it comes to language. If they would just make a curriculum based on food, Noah would master it in no time, I’m sure.

Remember these?

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My kids still love drinking from these when they are sick and want to drink in bed.  The Littles ask for them from time to time and I tell them, “No, those are for babies and you’re not a baby.”  I know, I know, I really should get rid of them, but they’re just so expensive, and well, we might have another baby . . . someday . . .

So the typical routine around here is Noah uses ASL to sign “milk, please,” I say okay, and we go together to open the cabinet and get a cup with a lid and a straw.  Sometimes he resists and points to the sippy cups and I go through my “those are for babies” routine, and he quickly gives up and takes the cup I hand him.  But he’s catching on to the fact that I get so excited about his language that if he’s willing to say it or sign it, he can pretty much have at least a little of just about anything he wants.

So without me ever calling his sippy cup a baby cup, he’s taken my phraseology and morphed “those are for babies” into “baby cup,” and now instead of signing “milk, please,” he signs, “baby cup milk.”

Pretty clever, dontcha think?

Guess we’ll be using those cups just a little while longer.

Christmas Tree Craft for Little Fingers

DSC08550One of my favorite things about Christmas is all the craft ideas the holiday season seems to abound with.

Yesterday we made these Christmas trees – an idea Parker’s mom shared over at http://www.prayingforparker.com/sensory-rich-christmas-tree-craft/.  Bella (4) and Noah (6 with Down syndrome) loved this sensory-rich activity.  I almost used regular pom poms I already had instead of buying the tinsel pom poms, but it was definitely worth it!!!  Those little shiny balls of fluff have a fabulous feel to them that we all enjoyed.  Following Tammy’s directions, I cut a Christmas tree out of green felt and then let the kids glue the pom poms onto the tree.  I was so pleased to see that Noah is now able to use a regular bottle of glue, which was something at the beginning of the year I couldn’t imagine him ever being able to do.  (I know, my faith is lacking at times.)  His fine motor and hand strength is really quite good, and my spirit soars every time I see him mastering a kindergarten skill – and using glue independently is definitely a kindergarten skill.

Go, Noah, go!

For those of you who have kids who aren’t ready for free-flowing glue, you may want to try glue pens, glue dots or even putting the glue into an easy-squeeze bottle.

Be sure to stop by and say hello to Parker at www.prayingforparker.com, an amazing kiddo with Down syndrome who is defying the odds day by day, and his Mom, Tammy, who keeps Parker’s hands busy with great crafts like this one.