Catherine walked into puppy dog heaven over the weekend. Dogs and babies are her absolute favorite thing in the world. Obsessed I would even say. Auntie E was cleaning out one of her guest rooms when she found boxes of beanie babies and I guess since she was clearing the clutter she wanted to get rid of all of them. We happily obliged and Catherine managed to score all of the dogs, a couple of cats, and pig from her collection. They now get carried around in a white wicker basket and it’s just too cute for words. Catherine LOVES the puppies.
I am also now wanting to start working with Catherine in the areas of art and dealing with some of her tactile issues. We have had some struggles with Catherine since we adopted her and while I don’t want to talk in debth and in public about those issues in order to protect her privacy later on, I do want to touch on them a bit in order to help other parents.
We are seeing some post-institutuionalized issues start to really blister and come to head. We have been dealing with them for a very long time, but they seem to be exaserbated by the fact that she is two and really coming into her toddler years. Some of her actions and reactions are making it very stressful on all of us. While I believe she is attached to us, I believe she is still very afraid and doesn’t feel secure. Our social worker agreed with us on this assessment after seeing first hand some of her ‘antics’ during our final post-placement homestudy. Catherine is going to be evaluated to see how deep her anxiety levels run and whether there needs to be any course of assistance given to her.
I was also told be a previous therapist about the Montessori Method of raising and caring for kids. I was told that this is a great way to help with children who are having issues with establishing independence, have fears and anxieties, and or have tactile issues. Basically it’s great program for at-risk adopted children. While I don’t consider Catherine to be at-risk of anything serious right now, I do feel that if we don’t nip it in the bud soon then she will become an at-risk child.
So in the areas of art, I really would love to see Catherine painting and drawing, and gluing more. I am looking into all kinds of kid friendly art supplies. I especially looking for a child friendly easle. I am also looking for finger paints, makers, crayons, and pencils. I will be getting some bottles of glue and some stuff that she can glue together. I really want her to start exploring the physical method of arts and crafts. It doesn’t have to mean anything right now. I just want her to get it in her hands, so that she can start making some connections between her hands and her brain.
We will also be working on textures with beans, rice, marbles, circle pouffs, sand, clay, and water. We will be measuring, and pouring, and sorting, and using spoons to pick them up. We have lots of fabulous plans to change our play room into something more educational and more conducive to relieving some of her anxiety. So, going back to step one…does anyone have a good suggestion for an easel?