We have been working with my 2.5 year old grandson for a little over a year now. Since Jan. of this year we have had four to five volunteers. Max has made such progress and we are thrilled. All the volunteers now get hugs and kisses without even asking, and the interaction is over the moon.
Where I'm struggling is when do we know it is ok to start working on manners, etc. and example is that Max will just shovel food in with his fingers. We have made the spoon or fork available up to this point, loading the spoon and then saying use your fork Max but with know force at all. If he uses it fine if not no big deal. He also just throws all the things on the floor when he is ready to eat. With my NT grandaughter we already say Stella lets just place these over here, use your fork and she of course wants to be a big girl so really tries.
Also now that he is so aware of his surroundings he sometimes will pitch a fit when we take him in the playroom because he likes being out in the living room.
Any help would be appreciated. I will add that we are coming to Intensive the first week of Sept so I know we will get a lot of help then, but just feel like a little guidance would be helpful.