This is what I have learnt from their responses:
- Each RTS kid is an individual so what works for one may not work for another.
- RTS kids do need LOADS and LOADS of repetitions to learn a new thing.
- Trial and error is a good tool in terms of finding out what works best with your child e.g. finding the best sippy cup.
- As a parent you may feel that your child will never get there but they WILL – in their own time.
- Your child will not learn when upset or stressed out so keep learning experiences fun.
- Don’t force him to do something if he shows that doesn’t want to.
- Be inventive – find different ways of creating learning experiences.
- Acknowledge that transitions (e.g. from bottle to sippy cup) are hard for your child.
- Learning is not always a steady upward curve there will be seasons of plateau but then your child will all of a sudden move up a skill level.
- It is a challenge to find the balance between overestimating and underestimating your child. That is OK, keep going.
- A parent needs to know what she can do and what she can’t do. She needs to know when to bring in help from a therapist or someone else.
Strange to think I have never met these fellow travelers on the RTS road, yet I feel so close to them.