Max usually reaches milestones a little later than his peers. Including something as simple as having a friend over for a playtime.
Max has a new classmate that wanted to come visit Max and hang out since he enjoyed visiting with him on the computer at school. His mom contacted me to see if there was a way to have Zach come over and play with Max, so he could really hang out with him, and not just over the computer. We made sure everyone was feeling healthy, and set up a special play time last week after school.
Thanks to Max's amazing music therapist, Max and Zach got to have a jam session for an hour. They made their own band!
Max was a little sleepy before Zach and his mom got here, but as soon as he saw what was happening, he woke up and was ready to play!
I never really knew what a playtime with a friend would look like for Max. What would the kids do? What would they "talk" about? How would I entertain the friend while taking care of Max too?
Once again, I've been taught by a child, that we don't need to worry so much about it. They're friends, and they want to play...it really is as simple as that.
Here are a few photos of their awesome jam session. Something we'll be doing again, I'm sure. And in the summer, I can see bike rides and swim times too!
Most of the pictures are fuzzy...my photographer must have been shaky or moving when she was taking the pictures. But, you can get the idea of how exciting it was.
Max and Zach playing a duet on the keyboard.
The Max and Zach Band. Max on the keys and Zach on the strings.
Ugh, these are so blurry, but such a funny part of the playtime, so I have to share. Max and Zach were playing their duet, and Max got so excited being by his friend that he rolled right over to be closer to him. As Max has gotten bigger, it's not so easy for him to roll from his stomach to his back, and it took me by surprise. Zach just went with it and kept playing, and we got Max situated again to play along some more.
Zach did a great job of playing Ms. Laura's guitar,
And Max listened to him play, and added some back-up too.
And finally a video...turned on it's side...but you'll get the idea of their playtime together. It was such a special time together! Thanks Zach for being Max's first friend to come play with him!