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I haven't thought about Sensi's AIT in a couple of months. She has been making progress, but as I said in 4 month post AIT, it is harder to tell what is part of her regular developmental progress and what is from the AIT.
There is a study that proposes that it doesn't really matter which therapy you do for your ASD child, as long as you are actively putting in the hours of having them participate in therapy. At least that is what I take from reading it. It says specifically " Of those four variables [age, number of hours per week, number of months of treatment, and total hours of treatment,] only the number of months of treatment was significantly related to amount of gain in language, cognitive, and social–emotional functioning across the treatment period." We have put in the hours each month with her various therapies, and we are seeing results.
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She is still a jumper and a figeter, but she is less likely to have a melt down as she was last year. She listens to directions and follows them more readily. Just this last weekend she was playing with the garlic cloves I had out for a recipe. She started to peel the garlic and I said" Oh, you are peeling the garlic for me, make sure to put the peels in the bowl on the counter." It helped to point to the bowl while I was saying it, but she did a great job of peeling the garlic and keeping the skins off the counter and the floor. I don't know if she would have checked in to the directions or stayed with the task if I would have given directions before.
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