C has come so far in therapy since June. His interactions with Baby Jo have changed drastically for the better. It has been fascinating for me to watch him with her lately, because he is very in tune to her needs. Much like C, Baby Jo is experiencing a behavioral decline in the same timeframe as her autism diagnosis. He talks her through things that upset her, comforts her during distress, and even helps redirect her attention. In this video, C creates a game to help Baby Jo avoid a meltdown by redirecting.
Just before this was taken, Baby Jo became very upset with the puzzle she was trying to put together (not shown). You may notice that at this point, she was nonverbal. That’s because she was so upset just moments before. C got her attention, put one of the puzzle pieces in an obviously incorrect spot and said, “No!” His silly tone drew her in and she started playing this game with him. Soon they were both laughing and the meltdown was completely avoided.
I’m just in love with these two and so amazed with my son’s progress, connection, and compassion for his sister.