Sunday, May 14, 2006

Taking back playtime

Our latest "trial" with Lowell has been gradually taking away all of his battery operated noise making toys (see picture). He had really started to obsess about some of them. He would usually take one of them at a time, hold it up to his ear and press the noise button over and over (and over) again. Since we've taken them away, we've noticed that he's started to PLAY again! It's also much, much quieter around here without the racket of the toys and their noises. He has also become much more verbal lately. Not sure if it's directly related to taking away the toys, but we certainly have noticed some changes in his behavior. We still have plenty of toys around for him to play with. "Old school" toys like play doh, puzzles, blocks, pull toys, balls, train set, drawing, and books. I like those better anyway:) The theme bins that I mentioned in an earlier post are working nicely. It's really great to have less stuff cluttered about and he seems to be more interactive with what he plays with.


Sam said...

What a great idea! My 7 year old son is autistic and I had a lot of problems with him as a young child with electronic toys. Unfortunately, due to the medical system over here in England he didn't receive his diagnosis in autism until he was 6. His early years were such a struggle with behaviour problems and no real language until he was 3. I'm going to enjoy reading your blog. All the best, Sam x

Colorsonmymind said...

This is a hreat idea.

I just found this through your artsy momma site.

I have a 14 month old son.

I like the theme box ideas. I was just thinking this morning that I have too many toys out. Great idea. Thanks for sharing it.