Since Ethan and his ABA therapist have had a lot of time to build rapport at home, we frequent Hickory, Wilson and South Park, which are all in the area, we've been to Torrance Beach a couple of times, and we recently visited the South Coast Botanic Garden.
As a true mama bear, I was both super excited and worried about Ethan's entry into Torrance Unified School District through LAUNCH preschool, which had a very good reputation as a hybrid program for both typically developing PALS and special needs kids.
PTN will always be the first place that Ethan developed a pre-school based routine and had a life away from mom and away from home. He learned to participate within a community, socialize with other kids, take turns, mimic actions and songs from circle time, sit nicely when asked to, among other things.
I already had this feeling that I wanted to eventually become a professional in the field of serving special needs children. And ever since I started this blog and Ethan got diagnosed my interest in the field of pediatric therapy grew. I attended the info session to see if studying Occupational Therapy would indeed be for me.
Mommy’s been super busy these days, with ABA therapy, working from home, doing housework and actively organizing the South Bay Autism Parent Support Group, so here are some videos as quick updates of what we’ve been up to!
Ethan’s made so much progress and did so much this summer! He waded at the beach shore for the first time, did his first eskimo kiss with Dad, met a lot of new friends, went to the splash pad for the first time and played chase for the first time! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!
Ethan had a field day with the different games at Chuck E. Cheese! The sensory stimuli from the lights and sounds definitely had him perked up and interested. He was running around, touching everything and giggling.
We had so much fun at the Autism Speaks Walk at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. It felt right to join in the advocacy for autism awareness and walk for Ethan.