Wednesday, October 18, 2006


It's a standard snapshot...a child in beautiful colorful leaves. Every parent does it. And the photos are always so cute. :)

Well did you realize it can also be a good therapy experience for kiddos with sensory issues?

Maxwell's OT and I have really been working with him on his high sensitivity to various textures. You take it for granted that a child will touch whatever, whenever...but when the brain is sending different messages, new textures can be quite overwhelming! It's quite fascinating to watch how particular Max is and how adamant he is about what he likes and does NOT like.

To help with this, we tried sitting in leaves (that was ok) and rocks (absolutely NOT ok) today. I also bought more toys and items with random textures. We have tried a few and the response was mixed! But we'll keep trying.

In the meantime, here are some super cute photos. Note that Mr. Max never actually touches a leaf...he accepted me sitting him there and throwing leaves but would not touch. :)

What's this all about Mommy?

Oh cool! I like when they float through the air. Keep doing that Mom. Just please don't let them touch me!

Ok, are we done? Look at how cute I am? We're done right?

P.S. To all the Mountaineers in Max's fan club, how CUTE is Max in his WVU sweatshirt??? Thanks Uncle Dan and Aunt Carolyn! :)


Momof2 said...

Well, I'm a Marshall grad, but he is still totally cute!
The first time my husband and I took our son (born 3 mos early) to the beach - he was 16 mos old and not quite walking yet - he *hated* the sand. We'd hold his hands and he'd just lift his legs up, straight out in front of him. Hilarious. He is almost 9 and still has some problems with textures. He used to hate having a dirty face or hands. Now, he proudly wears Dorito "dust" on his face. The other day, he refused to touch a wild mushroom my husband picked. It just depends... LOL.

Mary Karr said...

Oh, Maxwell!

There could be no cuter picture! Beautiful baby, colorful leaves and a WVU shirt!

I am sure Papa liked seeing you in the outfit with the elephants but no one ever looked cuter in a Mountaineer sweatshirt than you.

Love you,
"Auntie" Mary

Dylan (and Kristy) said...

Great Fall Photos!

I read your blog about how a year can change a true. Isn't it funny? I never would have thought a year ago that playing with leaves can be therapeutic? Or brushing one's teeth (that's the one that struck me with Dylan~ great oral therapy)? If that is just one way we have changed in a year...


elle said...

xxxxxx to cute

carolyn said...

What precious pictures of you Max !!!! You look really spiffy in your WVU sweatshirt and the leaves are falling here in WV too. I love the fall season.
Love & Prayers,

Anonymous said...

hugs maxwell,
next year mommy will have you running out there with your walker taking pictures in the fall leaves kiddo..Keep going toward the goal.

Mary Karr said...

Hi Amy -

I read Kristy's comments immediately after I had looked back at Maxwell's pictures from a year ago. She wrote exactly what I was thinking. Maxwell has accomplished more in the past year than I thought possible. He has proven to us just how mighty Maxwell is:) I am anxious to see what the two of you accomplish next.

Anonymous said...

Ah, Come on, Max! ;)

Can somebody get that boy a Marshall sweatshirt?

Great picture, though. He looks so happy.

CrystalandEva said...

OMG!! MAX YOU ARE SO CUTE!! I just want to reach through the screen and give you a big hug!!
Now can you and mommy come to Illinois and show Eva how to do that sitting thing?? Oh and bring Evan with you ;)

Crystal and Eva