Saturday, June 8, 2013

Ronan at Play

Ronan's car track toy
There is something amazing about watching Ronan play.  I don't know why, but I cannot get enough of watching him think, problem solve, and figure things out.  I suppose it is because Ronan is our miracle child, a little boy who has defied the odds.  A little boy who has done so much more than anyone imagined. 

Ronan has several favorite toys right now that are luckily ones that his therapists are also having him play with.  These toys all work on various skills that we are working on with Ronan.  This first one is a track that you put cars on to travel down.  What I love about it is watching Ronan try to put other objects down it.  He will put blocks, balls, and just about any other toy down this track.  I've even watched him try to put a book down the track!  It also encourages him to reach and manipulate.  Ronan has to pivot and change positions to gather the cars and position the track.  He has to problem solve. 

Trying the car sideways

Another toy Ronan has started playing with is one where you use a hammer to push balls into a container.  Ronan loves trying to figure out new ways to get the balls inside, and new ways to get the balls out. It helps with a few areas.  First, it helps Ronan with his hand strength and dexterity.  Second, it helps with problem solving.  We also work on colors with it.  I haven't gotten Ronan to use the hammer yet, but he will hold it and manipulate it.  He has also figured out how to push the balls in without using the hammer.

A third toy that I highly recommend is a board with gears.  This is something that Ronan's school has, and that we also have.  This toy has both small and large gears.  Ronan has to manipulate the gears to be in the right orientation and place them on the board so they interlock.  He can then try to spin them.  He loves this toy!  He could put gears up and take them down all day.  We also work on putting the gears away in a container, and with taking them out of the container.  This toy is a favorite of our OT, and for developing Ronan's fine motor skills as wall as helping him learn to follow directions. 

Trying out this variation of gears
In the last few weeks, Ronan has made so much progress with his play.  He tries to figure things out.  He doesn't get so frustrated when he can't make something work the first time.  And better yet, Ronan is starting to play while he stands.  He can stand at our coffee table or at his desk, and play or read a book.  And here is one more picture of our silly little boy...

He put this pillow on top of himself

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