Jump to content

Pretend play finally!
From my ASD 4 y.o


  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 Gumbette

Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:40 AM

After 4 years of doing nothing with her toys except tipping them out them out all over the living room, DD is sitting in the corner playing with her Barbie completely unprompted (albeit Barbie is nude, trying to get the giraffe out of her hot tub  unsure.gif ).  Thank you early intervention!!!

Edited by Gumbette, 14 November 2012 - 06:43 AM.


#2 ~chiquita~

Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:46 AM

That's awesome news, Gumbette! Yay for EI! original.gif

#3 Studybug

Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:14 AM

I'm not familiar with your situation, but know this is great news anyway! Really lovely to hear.
Yay for your DD - play away!!

#4 Farmgal

Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:19 AM

What a great moment for you! Well done.


#5 brazen

Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:19 AM

well done!

we didn't get pretend play til 7 for ryan and 5.5 for rora (not diagnosed until nearly 7) so that is great work!

#6 FeralZombieMum

Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:45 AM

Awesome news!

Isn't it funny how these "little" things mean so much more to some of us parents! biggrin.gif

#7 baddmammajamma

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:05 AM

Oh wow, that's awesome Gumbette! You know that I have a special soft spot for your daughter, so I truly share in your joy!

We are both so lucky that our daughters have gotten such great early intervention. May the victories keep coming!

#8 Chelli

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:11 AM

I remember the first time my niece with SN started pretend play, it made me teary. Thankyou for sharing your wonderful news original.gif

#9 Gumbette

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:46 AM

QUOTE (ZombieMum @ 14/11/2012, 09:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Isn't it funny how these "little" things mean so much more to some of us parents! biggrin.gif

I know, I was almost too embarrassed to post it, but I am just so thrilled I couldn't help myself.

QUOTE (baddmammajamma @ 14/11/2012, 10:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We are both so lucky that our daughters have gotten such great early intervention. May the victories keep coming!

A quick thanks to you and everyone who gave me a gentle shove, I might have sat on my hands hoping she would be okay until it was too late otherwise.

#10 baddmammajamma

Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:36 PM

QUOTE (Gumbette @ 14/11/2012, 10:46 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A quick thanks to you and everyone who gave me a gentle shove, I might have sat on my hands hoping she would be okay until it was too late otherwise.


We do the whole "gentle shove" thing really well around here! wink.gif  I am so happy that your daughter is thriving.

Gumbette, if it wouldn't be too much to ask, would you mind sharing a quick run down of your "story" for the benefit of other EBers?

I think your daughter's situation is a perfect illustration of why it's so important to get a proper assessment by qualified professionals -- I remember that you guys were getting a bit of a runaround when you first started noticing that something was different re your daughter's development.

#11 ASDivine

Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:26 PM

Great news!

Edited by ASDivine, 01 December 2012 - 09:28 PM.


#12 Gumbette

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:14 PM

QUOTE (baddmammajamma @ 14/11/2012, 05:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We do the whole "gentle shove" thing really well around here! wink.gif  I am so happy that your daughter is thriving.

Gumbette, if it wouldn't be too much to ask, would you mind sharing a quick run down of your "story" for the benefit of other EBers?

I think your daughter's situation is a perfect illustration of why it's so important to get a proper assessment by qualified professionals -- I remember that you guys were getting a bit of a runaround when you first started noticing that something was different re your daughter's development.

Okay here goes...

DD was late with talking and had no eye contact.  All her gross & fine motor skills were absolutely fine, she was an adorable affectionate little girl, who hardly ever had a tantrum.  In fact she was probably the best behaved baby I had ever come across.  

When DD started day care at almost 3 her educators noticed that she still wasn't able to tell them that she needed changing instead she would just stand and cry until someone attended to her.  She didn't play with other children, and in fact would push them away if they invaded her space.  She would also spend a long time lining things up and often walked on her toes (we never saw this behaviour at home).

It was on the advice of the day care we started to investigate further.  However we hit a lot of brick walls (5 in fact).  Her paediatrician told us not to worry as he had a few children who weren't toilet trained at aged 3 and as long as she didn’t walk on her toes constantly it wasn’t a concern.  He also cited that she was such an affectionate child, was cognitively ahead of her peers, and had reached all her milestones (except speech) on time, so there was no way she could be on the spectrum.  A speech therapist told us not to be concerned as she was bilingual (in hindsight a ridiculous piece of advice as she barely spoke English let alone a second language).  A clinical psychologist referred to us by the same paediatrician also assured us DD was fine as she often came to us for comfort throughout the session.  Although I was buoyed by all this good news (no one really wants to hear that their one and only desperately longed for child is anything but perfect), I knew there was something wrong, and day care kept pushing me to get a diagnosis.  Two clinical psychologists later we were still being told that she was fine and to come back in 6 months.  By this stage DD was 3 ½.  This is when I stumbled onto Aspect who diagnosed DD straight away with moderate Autism.  

This is where the lovely mothers from the Special Needs section stepped in and suggested ABA.  BMJ, Item, Duffy29 , tel2 and countless others were all very helpful with advice on their E.I. provider(s).   They encouraged me to get DD the help she needed and deserved, they gave me support and the hope that things could only get better, they talked me through the stages of grief that one inevitably goes through when their child receives such a diagnosis and helped me through the guilt that I may have caused her condition.

So…one year later, DD still has a slight speech delay, but is pretty much at the low end of average.  She no longer pushes her peers and with the help of a shadow is starting to make friends.  Her eye contact is good.  She is also about to finish up her formal ABA program, she has done so well – better than any child our senior therapist has ever come across in fact, so much so that they’re trialling a new program custom designed for her.

So there is my terribly long winded story.  As BMJ loves to say ‘if in doubt check it out’.  We wouldn’t be where we are today if I had listened to well-meaning friends and family ,or medical practitioners who worried too much about ‘labelling’ to properly diagnose my DD.  


#13 VioletRose

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:24 PM

QUOTE (Gumbette @ 14/11/2012, 10:46 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know, I was almost too embarrassed to post it, but I am just so thrilled I couldn't help myself.


I'm so glad you posted, it truly is wonderful news. Congratulations to her for reaching this milestone and to you for helping her get there. biggrin.gif

#14 baddmammajamma

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:34 AM

Thanks for taking time to write all of that out.

I think your & your daughter's story is so powerful. There are a lot of kids out there whose issues go undetected for too long because the front line professionals working with them don't fully grasp all of the nuances of ASD, ADHD, or other common developmental issues -- and parents concerns are dismissed.

I sound like such a broken record on this score, but if anyone reading this has a child with "quirks" that are impacting his/her daily functioning, your best bet is to get a comprehensive assessment by a specialist (e.g. developmental paed) who works within the space of developmental disorders. If someone tells you that there's "nothing wrong" yet your child is still struggling, trust your mamma bear instincts and get things checked out by someone who truly is an expert in the field.

#15 Therese

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:49 AM

That is such great news Gumbette original.gif



#16 item

Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:20 PM

Thrilled to read this! Well done :-)

(& thank you sharing your story). Can't wait to catch up soon xo




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Mum assists in own caesarean surgery

A mum who partly delivered her own twins during a caesarean has encouraged other women to take control of their birthing experience.

How to handle common childhood regressions

Regression can be a natural and common part of development prompted by a variety of factors, but that doesn't make it less frustrating.

Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

When buying a second hand pram, there are lots of things to take into consideration. 

Man discovers he's a dad after finding 55-year-old letter

Discovering you are about to father a baby is startling enough - never mind finding out you have a 61-year-old son.

15 thoughts mums have during a tantrum

Ranging from mild to feral and triggered by events both minor and major, tantrums certainly keep life interesting.

Natural pain relief in the early stages of labour

While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.

Forgotten Baby Syndrome claims the life of toddler

One baby dies every eight days in the back of a car in the US, victims of 'forgotten baby syndrome'.

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel. You stole my heart, and changed me into the women I am today.

Chrissie Swan has reached her "sex quota"

Chrissie Swan says she and her partner have sex once a year due to her fear of falling pregnant.

Chinese woman gives birth to quintuplets

After six years of trying for a baby, a couple’s dreams have come true many times over after the mum gave birth to quintuplets this week.

Five-year-old shoots nine-month-old brother dead

A nine-month-old baby boy died on Monday after he was shot in the head by his five-year-old brother in their grandfather's home.

'Is that baby yours?'

She is my daughter. I gave birth to her. I nurse her. But she doesn't have any of my genes.

Episiotomy in childbirth: not just 'a little snip'

Episiotomies have a place in maternity care – and can occasionally save lives – but should not be performed routinely.

Toddler aggression not caused by language delays after all: study

The logic was that children who don’t have the language to fully express themselves will lash out when they’re misunderstood. Not anymore.

Why we chose to adopt a child with Down sydrome

Everyone in foster care (and really in life) has something that makes them more vulnerable. We just know what our son's is.

Object of desire

Curvy mums make clever babies

Scientists appear to have discovered why women have evolved to have more curves than men – shapely thighs and bottoms lead to healthier babies.

'We'll make sure they know how much she loved them'

A first-time mum will never get to hold her four newborns, dying shortly after giving birth to the quadruplets.

The baby names NZ knocked back in 2014

A New Zealander has tried to name their baby Senior Constable but didn't get away with it - and numbering children is also a no-no.

How can you go into labour without knowing you're pregnant?

For most of us, the idea that a woman could carry a child to full-term without knowing she is pregnant is mind-boggling.

Will you get to the hospital in time?

Worrying your baby will be delivered by the roadside is a common concern for many mothers-to-be. So how likely are you to be caught short?

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Stars help save choking babies

It's an important lesson to learn, but one that busy new mums and dads might overlook until it's too late.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel pregnant

Actress Zooey Deschanel is expecting her first child with her producer boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.

16 times 'dad reflexes' saved the day

Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.

Couple's 'non-traditional' pregnancy announcement goes viral

Knowing you are not the father of your pregnant wife's baby would usually indicate a rocky relationship ahead for traditional parents.

The trials and tribulations of identical triplet newborns

Pip Donnelly is still playing spot the difference with her newborn identical triplets, Isabelle, Georgina and Frankie.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Earthquake baby thriving five years on

Jenny Alexis is lucky to be alive after spending four days buried in the rubble of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, but now she's a thriving five year old.

Please don't say I'm lucky because I was adopted

On the one hand I was having a regular life with friends and sports and sleepovers and school. But I was also always wondering: Did my mother love me? What was wrong with me?

An open letter to non-parents who offer advice on child-rearing

Kitty, when you’re the parent of my child you’re welcome to wade in with an opinion – but until then, I’d prefer you to have a supportive ear and a glass of wine ready.

Couple arrested over baby gun video

A US couple faces charges after investigators say they found mobile phone videos showing the woman's 12-month-old daughter putting a handgun in her mouth.

NSW Health dumps 10-year limit on frozen embryos

A 10-year time limit on storing frozen embryos that were created with donor sperm has been dropped by the NSW government.

How my happy-go-lucky husband became a monster

Sharan Nicholson-Rogers watched her husband change from a happy-go-lucky police officer into an unpredictable man prone to violent and emotional outbursts.

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes, too

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.

'They were just doing their job': mum of toddler killed in police chase gone wrong

"They were just doing their job. I feel so sorry for them. It is all just too sad."

Miscarriages to be formally recognised by NSW government

Women who miscarry will be able to obtain an optional "recognition of loss" certificate as a formal recognition of their often heartbreaking loss.

Cafe cubby house 'too noisy' for neighbours

Teenage parties, domestic disputes, or raucous late night pubs are the things that usually come to mind when you think neighbourhood noise complaints.

Dad films baby playing with snake

Most parents would not consider a snake an appropriate playmate for their baby, but a US dad who filmed his daughter playing with a python has defended himself against criticism.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Back to School Offer

Findababysitter.com.au

We've got you covered for this school year. Use www.findababysitter.com.au to meet local nannies now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.