When WordPress announced this week’s photo challenge, I was certain I would end up posting a picture of Philip drawing in the sand or with his markers. Tonight, Philip offered me an alternative.
My parents were at our house for our weekly Sunday Supper. I made spaghetti with meat sauce. I set aside some plain pasta for Philip. He has eaten spaghetti in the past, but started rejected it around the same time he developed his other food aversions. I have to admit that its starchy, sticky texture could be off-putting.
In keeping with his improved manners with foods that he doesn’t want, Philip didn’t just immediately throw the spaghetti. In fact, he spent fifteen minutes playing with it. Both my mom and I modeled eating the strands for Philip, but he was too busy manipulating them.
Since he wasn’t making a mess and seemed content, I went back to my own meal and the conversation. That’s when Grandma announced, “You made a ‘P’ like Philip.” I looked at his tray and saw that he had formed several P-shapes and lines. It did almost look like he was trying to spell his name.
The photo isn’t the best, but I did want to capture this creation.
Coincidentally, the stay-at-home mom who blogs over at Sensory Speak just posted about the food school routine that she uses with her child who, among other sensory challenges, has many food aversions. It was an interesting read that I encourage you to check out.