I speak a lot about my Goddess on Maria's Space and that is mostly because she is attached to my hip and we spend A LOT of time together. Handsome is much more independent and likes his daily schedule just so. He goes to school, comes home, does his home work, plays his video games and watches TV. It is only after that does he come out to spend a long amount of time with us in the 5 hours he is home from school before bed.
Over the years I have spoken about his disability and I use the term very lightly because I am not sure that it really should be considered as such but since he has an IEP in place at school and the school considers it as such, let's go with it for now. Long time readers may remember that I started Handsome in early intervention after someone mentioned that there was something wrong with him and I should get him evaluated. He was evaluated and a Speech instructor was recommended. She asked me to write down everything he currently was saying. His speech post is here. We've had many tantrums like the one that actually took down the Christmas Tree and my various ways of dealing with them. This came from frustration because we couldn't understand his "speak".
Handsome has been in Speech, OT (Occupational Therapy) and sometimes PT (Physical Therapy). He also has little odd things he has been doing forever and I now chalk it up to him being very literal, with a touch of OCD and sensory processing issues none of it diagnosed by a Neurologist.
I put him into Kindergarten a year later than he should have gone because honestly, he just wasn't ready so I kept him in daycare. The Board of Education was not happy with my decision at first but finally agreed that I knew my kid. Uhhh you think!? I explained during his CPSE Meeting why I had made the decision and 3 years later I know it was the right decision.
We have had many challenges along the way but lately my boy has been wonderful. He is becoming very funny, more talkative, friendlier, interested in people, helps tremendously around the house. At the super market he pushes the cart, bags everything, carries bags into the house and helps put things away.
Yesterday I took Goddess to the doctor and she asked Goddess what was wrong but before Goddess or I could say anything he said, Goddess is having pain when she pees. We think you are going to ask her to pee in a cup. Very talkative. Too talkative!
He thanks me for everything. Thank you for taking us here. Thank you for getting us this. Thank you for taking care of us. Thank you for being the best mom. Thank you for getting my clothes, did I say everything?!
He also says "sorry mom I didn't hear you if I ask him something." He apologizes if he does something that I have asked him not to do. Like, Honey don't put your wet towels on the floor."I'm sorry mom, I forgot."
Uhhh I just want to hug him while I am typing this he is so sweet.
Tonight I asked him and his sister to please put their coats away because every time they put them on the chair I than have to do it. He walked over and grabbed his coat putting it on the hanger in his room. I was making dinner and saw him walk back to the chair, pick up Goddess's coat and walk it into her room. Can you even ask for more?
I can't believe how far he has come in such a short time.
With love, hard work, social skills classes, horse therapy (his school gets a scholarship every year for 10 kids for 10 weeks and he was one chosen to benefit), amazingly gifted teachers, aids and therapists he is GREAT! On and Up!