Saturday, July 15, 2006
This was a video we took right before starting Floortime therapy. I had read up on Floortime, and I am working very hard to engage Lizzie. She was unable to engage for more than a few seconds, and then she disconnects and wanders off on her own. You will see us playing the structured game Red Light, Green Light for a minute or so, and then I struggle for awhile to get her engaged. Keep in mind that to pull her out of her own world for even a second, I have to basically become an overly excited circus clown. I learned that it is really important to follow her lead no matter what. After years of doing ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), it was very hard for me to let go of my "agenda", and realize it is about engagement, not the activity. At the end of the video, I finally get really engaged by being silly with the paint, and it is truly beautiful.
PS: Please ignore my oldest son in the background. He was five-years-old and in charge of entertaining his baby brother while we took video. Best. Brother. Ever.