husband and I have been going to a class that is teaching us how to play with difficult child 2. Play in a teaching/learning kinda way. So far we haven't gotten very far. We spent the first class learning the stages that need to happen before speech. difficult child 2 has some holes in those areas. He doesn't make all the sounds. A few sounds missing I wouldn't be worried about, but he has lots of sounds missing. He has sensory issues. We're getting an Occupational Therapist (OT) evaluation done tomorrow. He doesn't immitate. There are a few that he does but doesn't do very often. Like pretend play, cause and effect, and reciprocal interactions. He gets very simple cause and effect. 'I push a button and the tv turns on' He doesn't get 'I need to tell mom when I want something to get it.' This play is supposed to be one tool to help teach this. Something else difficult child 2 doesn't do is self-regulate. He doesn't calm himself down very well. This translates into many fits and not being calm enough to learn. It also means that if he wakes in the middle of the night he has a hard time going back to sleep. The play program is called Floor Time and isn't intrusive and is child led. I think I'm going to like it. We're supposed to have fun while we do it. Our homework this week is to observe difficult child 2 and see what he likes to do by himself. husband said 'get into everything'.