A lot of people think that you have to plan out all these elaborate activities in order to do RDI. It’s really not necessary. I have done RDI in the middle of Home Depot. Michael employed RDI while sitting in the waiting room at therapy last week. In fact, we did it this morning after Logan came back from walking the dog and made a startling discovery.
Logan excitedly comes in the door from walking the dog. We are all in the kitchen/living room area so he announces in a loud voice ” There is a dead chicken in Billy Joe’s yard.”. Before I go on, I should mention that we have wild chickens in our neighborhood that roam freely. Yes, I live in redneck country. Logan then sits on the couch and goes into great gory detail about the chicken and what it looked like. Although I was completely grossed out, this is an exciting milestone in his development (developementally he is about 5 – 7 yrs old while chronologically he is 11). A typical 5- 7 yr old BOY would find a dead chicken extremely interesting and would want to share it with others. Also, he had to observe it during the walk, remember the details all the way home and WANT to share it with us. See why that’s exciting?
So, he talks Madison into going to see it with him. They walk up to Billy Joe’s (he’s one house over from ours) and check it out. I watched them talk back and forth about it all the way back home. They come in and tell me the newest development. The chicken’s head is not attached to it’s body. We have some great experience sharing going on at this point. I decide to press my luck. I remarked ” I wonder what happened to it?” Logan immediately guesses that it must be the chicken hawks that are nesting in the trees across the street. Madison guesses that the it was a rooster fight or a dog. I guess that aliens came down and the rooster scared them. Then they shot the rooster with their laser gun. Sounds good to me.
Logan immediately interjects that most likely aliens would have plasma rifles. Besides, it just sounds kinda crazy. I look surprised . What do you mean it sounds crazy? He is giggling by now at my silliness. I suggest we ask Dad for his opinion. Both children agree. Can you believe that Dad agreed with them? Logan and Madison walked off still giggling at how silly Mom is. Sounds like a great episodic memory for both of them.