Monday, March 8, 2010

The Simple Things

You know how when you watch Supernanny and she introduces the simplest technique or idea to the parents and you want to scream at your tv - duh, that's so obvious, how do the parents not know that? Well, Morgan's therapist introduced us to a why-the-heck-didn't-we-think-of-this technique that has made our life tons easier.

Morgan has always had big issues with transitions. I can't tell you how many times a verbal warning of five more minutes would lead to a full blown melt down. She also needs constant verbal reminders and redirecting when she is trying to complete a task. We've turned blue in the face with the amount of times we've said, you have 10 more minutes before we leave and you still need to do A, B and C. We were exhausted!

Morgan's OT introduced us to the most wonderful invention ever - the time timer which gives her a visual reminder of how much time is left.

We don't have to prod anymore and when the clock dings, letting her know the time is up, she knows better then to throw a fit at an inanimate object.

But the reason I really, really love this clock, is the new found independence it has given Morgan. In the morning Morgan sets the clock for an hour, plays by herself and then wakes us up when the hour has passed. The girl who gets upset when she needed to go into a room RIGHT NEXT DOOR to you by herself is finally learning to be on her own. We were so happy this weekend when we heard her little feet pitter pat down the hall, the beep of the clock as she set it, the pitter pat down the stairs, the sliding of the back door as she lets Champ out and the quiet that followed allowing Mark and I to get some more rest.

Yes, I love these clocks.


Heather said...

So glad you're getting some good techniques and progress.

Just out of curiousity, is this something that the OT previously told you about, or did you start OT again? Wasn't Morgan a graduate?

Michelle@lifeinawhirlwind said...

It's something the OT previously told us about and we've been implementing for transitions. For the last couple of weeks, she's been using it in the morning without waking us. This is a new, huge accomplishment. She graduated from the OT, but still goes to the Center to see the pychologist. She also can go back to OT anytime we want for "refreshers".