It is weird, R. has been playing more appropriately,but she has also been taking all her toys out and making what looks to me like a big mess.
I don’t mind the stuffed animals tossed around, or piled up, but her throwing everything else into a big pile makes me crazy. I don’t know why. I find myself either following her around compulsively cleaning up after her or totally ignoring it until the ABA therapists show up or the end of the day.
Seeing the books thrown around bothers me the most, so I did the most incredible (and obvious) thing. I told her to stop throwing the books. And you know what? She DID! She tried again a couple of minutes later, and when I told her not to throw the books, she listened. So I sat there and every couple of minutes I had to tell her not to throw the books, but I did not have to physically prompt her or force her to do anything. I sat on my butt and talked, and she listened and followed a direction. Of course as soon as I left the room she hurled the rest of the books and laughed.
I realize that the answer is to just keep a few books out and rotate them. I’ll work on that when she is at school.