|Bubs 2's "brain cap" is made|
up of magnetic sensors and
|Bubs 1 chillin while his|
brother participates in
Bubs 2 has no autism spectrum diagnosis (yet and hopefully never), but he qualifies for this study because his brother, Bubs 1, is on the spectrum.
|Bubs 1 and I ran trucks like|
these up and down the
hallways at the
We decided to include Bubs 2 in the Yale study, because we wanted to learn more about Bubs 1. We also wanted to have early intervention for Bubs 2, in case there is anything going on with him. In addition, we felt that having access to as many resources as possible could only position us in good company as we learned more about Bubs 1.
As part of this research study, Bubs 2 gets to where an electroencephalographic "brain cap," which he wears while watching videos. He's a good little participant. Wearing that cap doesn't seem to be uncomfortable for him. It's basically a bunch of small, magnetic sensors that fit around his head. Nothing sharp. However, it is wet. There is a saline solution that apparently allow the sensors to receieve his brain waves more easily.
|Bubs 2 participating in research by|
donning a "brain cap"
|Cool toys for siblings who wait|
This experience also helped me revise my current approach, when working with Bubs 1. No more getting over-aggravated with him. No more expecting him to behave like the other kids. I know that this sounds silly, because we've read and have been told that Bubs 1 will operate differently and that our window of opportunity to help him jump these gaps (of social challenges) is now. I was allowing this stress to build. This gathering, along with Bubs 1's occupational therapist, has been supportive in my efforts to rethink my change in working with the bubs.
|Bubs 2 even scored some|
Puffs treats for his
Little does Bubs 2 know, how much his participation is helping his family members, especially his older brother. One thing is for sure, it is helping his mom and me to be better parents for them both.