A Team Effort
Jess helped me make a cake for Hannah’s birthday. Sometimes when Jess helps me, it’s just for a few minutes, and sometimes it’s about half of the time, but this day, she stuck with me through the process until we got the cake into the oven.
The maturation process keeps moving forward for Jess. Interactions, listening, and curiosity are evident in this cake making process. When I watch this video back it is impressive to me how much she is interested in some of the things I explain to her. I know she’s listening because of the echolalia, and because of her patience with the process.
Because of Jessica’s vision impairment (cortical blindness) I try to describe as much of the process to her as I can, and use teaching moments as often as possible. This day I think she may have paid more attention than she ever has to the steps in a cooking project.
For this project, Jess struggled a little with the concept that we were using two cake mixes to create one cake. She was worried there wouldn’t be enough cake, and would have been happier if we had two separate cakes.
Things to note:
After she empties the first bag of cake mix, she is double checking the crease of the bag to make sure there is none left. She does this same thing when we empty a bag of crispy crowns, chips, candy, crackers, etc.
When I say, “pour it carefully” in reference to adding water to the batter, considering how she poured, it was total luck that it all ended up going into the bowl. I had no idea that she would dump it out that quickly.
As I pour the batter into the second pan, notice that she realizes that there is still batter left in the pan. She has 100% used her hearing to detect that. For one thing, she didn’t hear me clean off the inside of the bowl, and secondly, the bowl has a different sound because it is not empty. Jessica’s hearing is amazing, and she uses it to detect many things in her world.
And yes, dogs. Her dog mantras are included in everything.