When we moved over the summer, I had already decided to focus more on speech when we started therapy back up. It's clearly the thing Owen struggles with the most and right now it just needs a bigger focus. So we have taken a break from occupational therapy (OT). We are constantly reinforcing things that Owen should at least attempt on his own--using the bathroom independently from start to finish, putting on his clothing/shoes/jacket, hanging up his school bag and putting away his jacket/shoes, using his fork and spoon correctly on his own, holding his pencil the right way and writing his name/spelling words/worksheets.
Things take time to develop. We work at Owen's pace. Every day he practices the things he needs to learn that will be with him his entire life. We know he wants to be an independent person as much as we want him to be one as well.
He can put his jacket and school bag on. He just conquered his shoes....although we need to work on getting them on the right feet and to fix the shoe tongue instead of stuffing it down into the shoe. He chooses his own clothing and can get most of it on and off. He is zipping up his pj's at night.
But socks.......oh those detestable socks. He just couldn't get them.
Owen has been eating independently since he was a toddler. We taught him how to use an open cup about 4 years ago. He eats sandwiches now. He likes a really good variety of food. He is a restaurant aficionado and enjoys making choices from the menu or from his iPad. But he was still having trouble controlling his movements with his fork and spoon.
He still has work to do. It's all about refinement and making it a commonplace activity that he doesn't have to think about it. So we'll continue to work on it at home because these are the skills he needs. I'm not sure we'll have an outside OT session right now because our schedule is pretty tight in the afternoons, but at least I know we are getting somewhere at home with all of our practice.