today is the second session for bry and, as requested by therapist, i brought up the brushing teeth to her. just a side note, the father went today and he thought that bry was going for speech therapy few days ago. no comments.
the therapist asked about how the situation is like when brushing and we explained to her how we managed it individually and expectations. i told her that i am getting him to brush on his own since he is already 5, my mum will probably supervise and i dun expect much since she is just helping out. the father mentioned that his target is for kids to brush independently by age of 8. the therapist, politely, state that at age of 5 adults should be in a supervisor role and getting child to brush on his own. i am getting there while the father got some baby mentality. anyway, when asked about my expectation, i was getting bit upset and told her that my aim is to let bry be independent and to make it easier for my mum, cos to wait for kid's neurons to connect will take eons and a little push is needed. if the therapist thought we have problems, she can confirm it today. i am not going to back down and go along his baby mentality.
she gave some steps to follow to establish a routine and encouraged us to follow. the steps are not too difficult and the only problem is probably not to get drawn into bry attentions seeking tactics and have a verbal exchange.
next, she went to taught some simple skills to correct bry's grip and asked if any one from extended family has the same problem. none on my side and the father holds the pencil in the same manner as kids (could be habit). she went on to explain that it could be likely genetic as the muscle or structure between the thumb and forefinger is weak, and this is clearly seen in bry case. bry doesn't have the strength to hold a small clothes peg open and place it on the edge of a container. i bought a new box of pegs for him to practice at home. next she got him to use a tweezers to pick up green beans and place them in a bowl. again bry did poorly and she commented that at this age he should be able to do it well and fast. guess where all her toys are kept, in the fine motor skills.
i have some catching up to do.