Ryan is a 7 year-old boy with global developmental delays. He was born 3 months premature and was deprived of oxygen at birth. This log was provided by his mother.
We did not notice any changes in Ryan during this week.
Dad and I noticed that Ryan was calmer – he did not get as frustrated over little things. Ryan and his sister also began playing together and communicating appropriately for the first time. They seemed to enjoy each other’s company.
I noticed Ryan was attending better when we worked on reading. Previously, he would get frustrated when reading and mom would have to refocus when reading and refocus him to the page many times. Now he reads a book to me without stopping to look around.
Ryan and his sister continued to play together nicely. They really seem to enjoy playing together and the conversations are appropriate.
I also noticed Ryan asking an appropriate question to a boy at the YMCA. I.E. “What is that?” and “What do you do with it?” Ryan would previously not be comfortable approaching a peer, and would instead tell me to ask the question.
We visited my parents over July 4th and Ryan’s grandmother commented on how much Ryan and his sister were communicating and playing together. She was amazed at the change. She also noticed how much better Ryan was reading – more focused.
Dad commented on the intelligent questions Ryan was asking. I noticed that he seemed to be processing information quicker – he responds faster to questions and commands instead of seeming sometimes like he needed a jumpstart.
We visited Ryan’s dad’s family in Oklahoma. Ryan was very calm on the drive. We noticed a big change in how he talked to aunts, uncles, and grandparents. He answered their questions appropriately and not in the silly manner as before. He also played with his sister and cousin or on his own. Previously, his father or myself had to take turns entertaining on the farm or he would be badgering constantly or acting inappropriately. His Dad and I actually got to stay in the same room and visit with relatives together – BIG CHANGE from our last trip in May 2003. This trip was a very different trip than all of our previous ones. Ryan’s Aunt and Grandma both commented on how Ryan was much calmer and was not asking so many questions.
Ryan’s aquatic physical therapist commented on how Ryan has been following directions so well lately.
Ryan’s vision therapist said Ryan’s attention span had greatly improved – much better than the first few sessions.
We saw great improvements in Ryan’s social skills and attention. We saw moderate improvements in cognitive abilities. We hope to see improvements in fine motor (writing), but we have not tested this thus far as Ryan hates to write or color.