Here is another intensive video. I apologize for the quality. I had to do some work-arounds to get this one on here, but it is so worth watching! This is with one of the facilitators who was so unbelievably musically inclined and full of joy. Lucas truly cherished the moments they played music together.
This video shows Brandi doing the core aspect of the program “joining” and waiting for opportunities, aka “green lights” (where Lucas gives some sort of social interaction cue such as eye contact, touch, verbal responses, etc.), to build a game or interaction. As you will see, she attempts a few times and eventually is able to build a game/interaction into singing Wheels on the Bus on her guitar. Lucas become very involved in picking the words, playing the guitar, etc. Additionally, this ended up being quite a long interaction between them.
I have only included a few minutes of the entire interaction, but I really wanted to show you the talent and persistence and love that these facilitators had for Lucas while we were there. It is these qualities that allowed such interactions to take place. We learned some invaluable techniques by just watching these fabulous people interact with our son. As a result, we have been able to give so many helpful comments and feedback to our team which has really given us so much growth in the playroom with Lucas.
Due to the quality of our interactions increasing, we now have an average interactive attention span of 8 minutes!!!! This is double what we left intensive with at Christmas. I know I use this word a lot…AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING! There I got it out of my system, for this post anyhow. I am constantly in awe of this program and the accomplishments our team keeps reaching. By the way, his little smile is so darn cute in this video, I wanted to run in and squeeze him when I was there. Enjoy!!!