Diego has always had an interest in dinosaurs, but sea animals were his special interest until Dino Dan.
The premise of this Nick Jr show is that a ten-year old boy by the name of Dan has a very special interest in dinosaurs and can actually see them. All Dan talks about to friends and family are dinosaurs and each one of them is intensely interested. Dan’s mom pretends she believes him and his friends help him go on dinosaur missions.
Personally I think Dino Dan has Aspergers and one hell of an imagination.
Yes children with ASD have imaginations. 🙂
Just ask Diego who now sees various dinosaurs in our yard.
So anyway the show started in October and Diego is hooked, captivated by each episode. Sea animals have taken a back burner and it is all about the T-Rex and his other dinosaur friends. I DVR Dino Dan for Diego because it comes on while he is at school, but he has no clue I save all of the episoded…because if he did….Dino Dan would be playing on our TV 24/7.
My problem with Dino Dan is that Dan eats, sleeps and breathes dinosaurs, which may translate to Diego that it is ok to do this. I mean once Dan enters a conversation with a group of his peers it is all dinosaurs all of the time, and what is nutso to me is that his little friends are not bothered by it at all. I know Nick Jr didn’t make this show thinking about such things, but as Diego’s mom I can’t help but think about them.
So why do I DVR it for Diego?
He loves it.
After spending his days working out all of the challenges that come with ASD, who am I to deny him a half hour of pure bliss??
My major issue now (and it really has nothing to do with Dino Dan) is that Diego has started referring to dinosaurs by numbers. I have figured out a few. The T-Rex is 305 and the Brachiosaurus is 405 and I think the Spinosaurus may be 505, but I’m not sure. Diego is under the impression that we share the same brain (*sigh* mind blindness) and that I know the dinosaur/number classification system that he has come up with, he gets quite frustrated with me if I don’t know what dinosaur he is referring to.
In other news, the Risperdal is helping with Diego’s behavior A LOT. I was so hesitant to start it, but we are at a very low dose and the difference is amazing. What the Risperdal doesn’t help with are the ADHD like symptoms. Diego is having a very hard time at school. Between his gnat like attention span and his fine motor difficulties, he is having a time doing much of anything. I have been wracking my brain for a way to help him focus and finally, after talking with our OT, I found something that we haven’t already implemented that may work for focus.
What is it you ask??
His iPod with some classical music.
It has helped the few times that we have used it during OT and we tried it at school on Friday. He got through all of his desk work, which is promising. It is too early to tell if this will be a long-term fix, but I am hoping that between the addition of the morning dose of Tenex, the iPod, the weighted lap pad, the sticker chart, and the angled writing board that he will be able to complete his desk work.
We are stuck, this is the area that kills me. Diego just finished a 4 month social skills group and I haven’t seen much progress. The discharge summary didn’t show much either :(.
Sometimes I feel like a hamster in that damn wheel thing…
Our next step is peer-to-peer therapy.
Hopefully that will help him at least a little bit.