RDI is alot of “thinking about thinking.” And verbalizing it. Just now, Zip asked me for juice. He had taken the juice bottle out of the fridge but cannot pour it himself yet. I noticed that the cup that he’d just used wasn’t there, so I asked him, “Where’s your cup?” (Quick aside – I should have turned it into a better moment by musing out loud, “Hmmm… wonder what we could put the juice in…” but I just thought of that as I was writing this.)
Zip has almost no ability to find things like a cup in the next room. So I began saying what I was doing, “I need to find your cup. Maybe it’s in this room. Your cup wasn’t in the kitchen so I need to go look for it.”
After a moment or two, he followed me into the den where his cup was very visible on the table. So, together, we found the cup and brought it back to the kitchen to fill with juice. Mission accomplished, and just as much for me as for him. I need to do more of this verbalizing my thought processes with him. It gets difficult in the rush of the day. Repeat after me: “Slooooow down. Verbalize.”
Lovely reminder to “Slooooow down. Verbalize”. If we stop to think, it is amazing what can be achieved.
Too funny, as I was writing this, Nick indicated that he wanted some juice. He got out the juice and his cup. I poured the juice (thinking, thinking, thinking what next?)… Aha, “hmmm, I need some water”. I waited for around 10 seconds. Nick went to collect the water jug and brought it to me! 🙂