We've been working with her all week, at home, on getting her to do actions to songs, since we've been working with her on action words too. She LOVES doing "If You're Happy and You Know It", especially the jumping, but wouldn't show off. Even Isaiah joined in today's song, but rather than jump, he ran away, so we changed the words to "If your name is Izzy Wizzy, run away!", which made him laugh.
Today we took a slightly different approach. We worked with her on making choices. The therapist would hold up an undesirable object (a picture of a calculator) and a desireable object (ball, play food, etc). She would then ask Zoe which she wanted. Unfortunately, Zoe wasn't all that thrilled with this, and was actually very confused, which is delayed for her development. (Almost) 3 year olds should be able to make a choice between two objects when given (Cracker or Orange, for example). Rather than answer "ball" or "Apple", when presented with the choices, she would just look down, not make eye contact and mutter "mm, mm", as in "Nope, don't want that", but would proceed to tug the ball out of the therapists hands, without making any eye contact or showing her any sign that this is what she wanted. While this is not developmentally typical, we've seen this with Zoe. When she wants something, she won't make eye contact with you to tell you of her desire, she'll just act as if you're an obstacle that she needs to get around. Occasionally, she'll say "Pease!"
So, we'll continue to work with her on this, but on a more positive note, she was given 4 balls and a toy to go with the balls. The balls were blue, green, orange and yellow. Without even being asked or prompted, she proceeded to insert each ball into it's colour-coordinated hole! So, we know she can match colours, which is great, because her home therapist has been working with her on this for quite a few months now.
We also attended the Early Years Centre yesterday at Lime Ridge in Hamilton, and I asked her if she could find me the purple crayon from the basket, and she did! She even handed it to me and said "Puple!"...followed by "geen" and "boo" crayons. After the centre, we visted the pet store and she got to pet one of the dogs. She overheard someone call the dog a puppy, and out of nowhere, and she has never said the word before, she said "Bye Puppy!" in perfect pronounciation!
She's doing wonderfully! Next therapy session is on Tuesday. She also goes for metabolic testing on February 1, 2010 at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.