I did not follow-up with this suggestion until a few weeks ago and lucky for us, they fit Ben in immediately. I knew I was dealing with a different type of doctor when I received an email from her asking if we could talk on the phone about Ben. I was not available to talk because I was working crazy hours at a five day conference in California, so I referred her to eSpecially Ben. I think she read it that night because she got back to me and changed her strategy:
1. We need to use the NOVA Chat for testing
2. We need to get Ben's OT involved
3. We need to do the testing in 30-60 minute increments, rather than the usual 3 hours
At our first meeting, she had a Bob the Builder video pulled up on her computer. She also recommended a few things that she thought would interest Ben based on what she read about him and what I told her about his interests.
Rube Goldberg Machines - I did show Ben this quick video and he seemed interested in what they were doing. I emailed the company to see if they have longer videos of their contests. If the boys want to build one at our house, I think that would be great too.
Frigits - This is something we can get for the house relatively easily. They are not as exciting as the Goldberg machines though.
The doctor also shared a resource that I had not heard of before:
Do It at the University of Washington
This was the first meeting and the doctor did get to see a bit of Ben's personality come out - he gave high fives to the two young women proctors and deliberately did not give the doctor one. Ben did not complete any of the testing that day, but we scheduled a time to come out with the OT.