Pictionary night

I haven’t written in what seems like a really long time and for that I am sorry!

We’ve enjoyed life!

I promise to update you on everything but in the meantime, let me tell you about board games. 

In our house, we play board games following rules we make-up!

The rules on the boxes are normally a little too complicated for Emily.   Games for younger kids, she can manage but games for teenagers/young adults are another story. 

Some games we don’t play, others, we give Emily more time or play with our cards on the table…  

This works perfectly for the 3 of us but enters cousins and other relatives, it gets complicated again. 

It’s difficult to explain to younger cousins why Emily can’t do things like they can.  I don’t want them to look at her differently, I want them to get to know her.   Once you know her, the struggles and challenges are secondary. 

First, she’s Emily. Yes, she has cri du chat syndrome but she’s Emily!

Back to our game night. 

Last year, we discovered “Headbanz”. Emily’s cousins were all younger than her and speaking French. They were faster than her and understood what they needed to do. 

Last week, we played again.

This time, we all had a blast.  

 Emily knows her Disney characters more than the boys so I picked cards accordingly and helped a little but that wasn’t the fun part. 

The fun part was when the cheating started. None of them were subtle about it. All of them did it and the dads joined in. 

We played a game!  All of us!  Regardless of our age differences. From 2 to 42 years old, part English and part French. Some cheating… And lots of laughter. 

We played a game!

For most, this is a simple feat. For us, it was amazing. 

To see Emily having so much fun was heart warming. 

So, we bought another game.  

 
We changed the rules a little. 

It’s just the 3 of us. Everybody else is gone home… So we played our way and discovered that Emily can draw! 

  
  
We had 9 cards on the table and we had to find which card she was drawing. 

We are still discussing this last one!

We say sheep. She says lion. 

What do you think?

 

Socially speaking

Since the day Emily was diagnosed, our play time morphed into hidden therapy session.

She was 15 months old, just a tiny little girl who didn’t do anything. Nothing at all! The last thing we needed was for her to decide that she wasn’t going to do those “exercises” anymore. So, it was all labeled as game time. We even tried to make the stretches fun … 🙂

Years later, I buy board games who are fun and educational. I found a great store that carries tons of great games! Emily loves trivia questions, she knows some answer and takes in all the answers she didn’t know. Next time, she gets more questions and so on. It’s amazing to witness her retain the information.

Some games I bought a while back but Emily was never interested.

Math games are not her thing!

Story games are fun!

Social interaction games… We’ve never finished one until tonight!

Yeah us!!!

Just before dinner, Emily came in the kitchen and ask if we could play her Socially Speaking game!

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We’ve had this one for quite some time and Emily has never agreed to play it.

I had to read the rules in order to get us going.

The game is to help someone figure out what to say, recognize emotions and talk about themselves, answer questions appropriately and pay compliments!

It’s awesome!

Emily got that situation!

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Her answer? Watch AFV and The Big Bang Theory.

She paid me compliments, ask good questions, answered all the questions I asked her, did some reading and explore saying “I have peas for tea” showing various emotions!

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She can’t do “scared”. I guess that can be see as a positive thing. She hasn’t been scared much in her life!

She is also not good at comforting someone who just lost their cat! She said: “let’s get you a dog!” LOL! We will have to practice this!

Bottom line, Emily and I spent almost an hour playing a board game and we had fun while learning about appropriate conversation skills!

I guess she’s getting older!

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