Things are always a little different when you have a child with special needs. One of those things is the age that your child starts school. I am happy to announce that today was Antalya's first day of school! She goes to class three times a month for an hour. I went with her today; we had a great time. We sang songs, practiced putting toys IN and ON, and pulling pegs OUT of a board, unwrapped presents in preparation for Christmas time, used a spoon to self-feed yoghurt, and then for the "messy activity" we put "snow" (whipped cream) on paper trees. Antalya did very well with everything except with the whipped cream. She couldn't be convinced to get her hands dirty. She did so well with her birthday cake that I thought she would just right in. I guess I will have to provide more messy activities for her at home to get used to different textures on her hands.
I am so proud of Antalya. She is doing so well and learning so much everyday. I am so grateful for the early intervention program that is such a huge for us. I took some pictures "school pictures" of Antalya this morning. She was so hilarious. I think somehow she knew I wanted her to pose for me. She gave me about 10 different expressions. These were the funniest ones.