Our vacation allowed us some time to work on a couple of Jackson projects. The first one was working on getting Jackson to hold a sippy cup without handles. Jackson needs to start working on holding things better with his hands and his hands are getting big enough to hold a cup. So Operation Goodbye Sippy Cups commenced once we arrived in Florida. After a couple weeks I can say we have a fairly decent success rate. He is able to hold a cup and drink from it but not when it is full, the full weight is a little too much for him. But once he drinks about half of the contents then he is able to pick it up and drink. So we will keep working on it. My next goal is drinking out of a straw!
The other project was one that Jackson's speech therapist assigned. She gave us this device that is a large button that you can record words into. The purpose is to use this button as a way for Jackson to communicate. He hits the button and it "speaks" for him. The word we were using was "more". We were using the button mostly for eating. During feeding Jackson would hit the button which would say "more" and we would give him a bite. The first time Jackson's speech therapist used this with him he hit the button 14 out of 20 times. Let's just say he got the button down fast. Too fast! Here is what would happen - he would hit the button, at a normal pace I would spoon up some food to feed him, it would be to slow for his level of patience so he would start hitting the button over and over. MORE! MORE! MORE! Honestly, after a week I was sick of that freaking button! But I was impressed by how quickly he caught on. We see the speech therapist next Wednesday and hopefully we can get a new word assignment. In the meantime I am thinking of recording my own message into the button. It will say something to the effect of “Mommy needs a spa day!”