Since the learning center here in town closed down Payton has been working with all new therapists. I've been impressed with all of them, but I absolutely love the speech therapist. She is always looking online for things about williams syndrome and reading books to try and figure out the best way to teach her. The problem we've had in the past with therapists that come to our home is that they would rather sit and chat with me about the latest happenings in their life than work with Payton. This is so not the case with Roseann (her ST). Roseann also sees Payton at Dawn's house (her sitter) and she noticed that Dawn always tries to tell Payton to "focus". Roseann was thrilled that Dawn had tried to come up with something at her house to help Payton try and focus on things and not get overwhelmed, but said for her therapy and with preschool next year they would like her to learn "Look, Listen, Think, Answer" (along with the signs that go with those words). Roseanne said she has other children and even adults she does this with and it works really well for them. She said Payton is just very impulsive and doesn't actually stop to look or listen to anything around her and if we can start teaching her this now, eventually she will be able to go thru the motions herself (and in preschool and school they will have the pictures of these actions at her desk to remind her to do these things). The thought of sending her to Kindergarten (even though it's a year off) terrifies me....especially after hearing some of your stories.
I didn't realize that children with ws had problems with the 'wh' questions. For instance, this weekend Bob's parents came to visit. On Sunday my dad asked Payton "Who came to see you yesterday?" and Payton repeatedly answered "What" or "That". Thanks, Noel, for letting me know that children with ws have trouble with these 'wh' questions. We've since been trying to figure out how to teach her how to understand these questions - so if any one has any ideas please let us know.