Still holding my composure here even with the really tough post that J did today. It seems she's just hitting her stride. I don't know where she'll end up with this journey but today it's not necessary to know the outcome and just enjoy the scenery.
Yesterday she had a day without a single RAD behavior! She told the AT today that it wasn't even hard for her. Hmmm.... Jo made a really insightful comment yesterday and I still don't know the answer but I think it's a sum of all the parts. Things are just clicking into place for her.
She's planning a tough post tomorrow about SW's. I dread it but she is adamant that she has things she needs to say. Kristina, I'm sorry in advance. Although when she was telling me what she was planning to say she said, "but mama there's a really nice SW reading my blog. It's not about her." So Kristina she remembered you so you're safe. Whew!
Faerie Mama and Reiki Chris have both told me that she is going to move mountains and while I believed them, I really didn't think she was going to start at 8. I was thinking more like 18.
The AT & I were talking about the tapping videos and she said that this book is a really good place to start if you want to learn more. When I looked that book up I found this book on tapping for kids that looks really cool.
The AT was really impressed with J's progress too. I removed the Abilify last night. I'm going to give it a try anyway for a few days and see how she maintains. She may have to go back on it to reduce stress but we'll give it a shot.
The karate chop technique is another thing that we use and completely forgot to include it in our arsenal list. This is used like the rubbing technique to switch up energy so use it when you spot dysregulation coming on. Take both your hands and flip them over palms up then karate chop your hands together (pinky fingers and side of hands in short karate chop strokes) 15 times, then tap under the chin 15 times, then karate chop hands together again 15 times. No words necessary. Just chop 15, tap 15, chop 15. Simple and easy.
J is enamored with typing now even though she has to hunt and peck. Today she tried convincing me to let her do her journal on the computer. I think she still needs handwriting practice but we made a deal. If she does one night of neat writing in her handwritten journal she can do the next night on the computer. We'll see what happens. She is in love with bold and italicized words on the computer now. I wouldn't let her change her fonts today but told her that she could tomorrow. Geeesh. I can't keep up.
It is magic for her when she hits Publish Post. She hurriedly clicks over to her blog to see it all pretty in pink with her music playing. Then she has to dance around the room. She is blossoming right in front of my eyes. I just thought I had composure. *tear*
We arrived home late so no video tonight. Hopefully we'll do one tomorrow.
P.S. I am now actively looking to adopt again. Not in Georgia of course....