American Bouncers did a special program for the National Autism Association - Northeast Ohio (NAA-NEO). If you had a special needs child, you could do bouncing (on the BIG bouncers) with similarly situated children and their families during Christmas break. Well. It was terrific! There were all different kinds of kids there (meaning kids whose needs were unique, from language to social skills to physical prowess) and from what I saw everyone had fun on their own terms. Our kids went wild for the bouncing....Ellie even taught herself to climb the "rock wall" bouncer and go down the 10 foot slide on the other side. They offered a nice snack room with the Wiggles on the big screen and no pressure for perfect behavior. However, I sure got it! My girls were right on target with listening and sharing. It was a joy to see them having so much fun.
That being said, today Ellie drank from an open cup for really the first time. She has resisted the cup because (we think) she doesn't like the surprise sensation of cold water on her if she spills. However, today she was very confident and let Bill help her. No pics, of course. Emma applauded. This was success.