Here is an excerpt from David's school journal last week:
David and his peer took
turns assembling a Mr. Potato Head toy. After initial hesitation, David did
well taking turns when prompted by his peer and the teacher.
David does have some
trouble taking turns because he does not really enjoy playing with his peers. It is comparable to the fact that David also
has a difficult time in a restaurant, but since he really does not enjoy eating,
perhaps he doesn’t see the point. (Boy,
I wish I could say the same about myself.)
Anyway, back to turn taking. And then there might also be the teeny tiny
issue that if David is participating in a preferred activity, he does not want
to miss a turn. Surprise, surprise.
So, I was encouraged to
read these comments in David's journal. I
made a mental note to move “turn taking” up the perpetual to do list so that I
could reinforce the work that they did last week in school.
Let me first explain that
David is susceptible to the hiccups and, for some reason, he seems to
believe that burping helps to relieve his hiccups. He will actually swallow great quantities of
air to be able to belch and the louder the better.
Last night, we were at my
sister’s house for a Sunday family dinner.
David, who of course had respectfully declined to sit at the table with
us, appeared on the landing coming down from the second floor. In great flourish, he paused, smiled and then
burped, which not surprisingly made us laugh, reinforcing David’s inappropriate
I guess I should say that
David’s action made most of us laugh. My
15-year-old nephew, Thomas, chose to respond not by laughing, but by burping back. For several minutes, the cousins took turns
burping, each trying to outdo the other, one longer, louder, grosser (if that
is even a word, which I suspect it is not) than the last. There was no hesitation on David’s part, as
witnessed during the Mr. Potato Head game.
I have amended the to-do
list, which I am sorry to say now includes discouraging burping.
Progress? You tell me.