When I saw this come across Pinterest a few days ago, I couldn't help but think of Lily Bird:
I think most special needs parents can relate to this. Our kiddos tend to look at the world just a little bit differently.
In fact, here's more proof of that thought.
While most children would look at this as a simple climbing structure, not so with the Bird.
I mean, anyone can just climb.
But it takes a true "outside the box" thinker to know that there is more than one way to play.
Truth be told, sometimes it can be frustrating to me that typical toys don't appeal to Lily. But if I've learned anything from the Bird, it's that there is more to a toy than its one intended purpose. And many things I would not consider "toys" can actually be used for all kinds of fun.
The blog, Snagglebox, just posted a great article on the topic of play and it's worth a read. It's a wonderful reminder that while Lily might need a little more guidance than neurotypical children, oftentimes, it's my definition of play that needs to be broadened. And the post has lots of good tips to help me do just that.
Now get out there and play with your kiddos!
Have a great weekend.
Dog Update - For those of you wondering how the dog experiment is going... Lily is still not paying a lick of attention to Prada. And on Tuesday, I'm being tested to find out if I'm allergic to dogs. It's always an (outside the box) adventure with the Rushes!