Something momentous happened last night. It’s the sort of thing that parents of typical children wouldn’t think twice about. To be honest, until it happened, I hadn’t really registered that it hadn’t ever happened before. Henry was getting out of the bath when he suddenly looked at me, grinned, reached back over into the bath and splashed me, laughing. I said, mock-annoyed, ‘Did you just splash me?’ and he laughed again and touched my wet jeans, saying ‘Splash, splash’.
As those of who who read this blog regularly will know, Henry loves to play. But the focus of his play has always been to get someone else to do something to or for him – tickling, shouting, running fast. This is the first time I’ve ever experienced him initiating play by doing something to someone else and it feels like a huge step forward in terms of his social awareness.
We have our first visit from the elective home education officer tomorrow. The purpose of the meeting to to discuss our approach and the curriculum we’re following. I am really hoping that she will recognise the positive effect that Intensive Interaction is having on Henry and value, as we do, his progress in social, play and communication skills, rather than focusing on the fact that formal teaching, for the moment, takes up very little of our day.