I'm grateful she gets up and gets around so well independently. Her mobility is a great blessing that took years to develop. But it also creates some new challenges. Because Whitney wants to be on the go, she really has trouble focusing. She won't sit still when she's in class, at the dinner table or sitting on my lap to read a book. After just a few minutes she gets up and starts to wander. And she gets so upset when Melanie and I try to get her to come back and sit down.
So we're trying to find ways to keep her focused longer. Whit doesn't really like being forced to stay at the dinner table until we're through, but I think it will help her learn that important principle. Same goes for sitting with me until we're done reading the book she asked for.
We're going to try and get the folks at school on board as well. Last year she was permitted to get up from her desk in the middle of class and wander the classroom. This year, Melanie and I are going to request that the teacher and her helpers, assist Whitney in getting back to her seat at her desk.
The hope is that if this is required of her everywhere she goes, she'll gradually learn to sit still and pay attention. That's a life skill that's just as important as being able to walk on her own. Wish us luck!