You go along swimmingly and then bam brick wall. To say Owen was hyper tonight is probably an understatement. And in complete need of sensory input. Chewing everything in sight, bouncing on all the furniture, rolling around the floor, and licking my shoulder was how our evening went. Until I asked him to read a book with me. I was amazed at how well he stayed focused on it. He didn’t try to walk away the whole time I was reading it. I took my finger and moved under each word sounding it out and letting him read with me as he could. It was a book he wanted, that he requested. He knew the repeat words when I got to them and was excited to “read” it to me at that point. He loves books but he also gets overstimulated and overwhelmed by them. I have to introduce new books slowly with him. If I push any of them, even ones he wants, they are put on a shelf and he is done with it until he can process it. But tonight we read his new book and that’s all that matters. For those moments we read the pages he was calm and then he was back to full speed ahead as soon as the last page was turned. I am thankful for his growth, I saw it on each page that we turned. I make sure he understands that we both have emotions and some days are harder than others but we have to work together to get through them. Some days I beg him to use his words with me an other days they seem to flow easier. At dinner, I worked with him on the L sound, showing him what my mouth looks like when I say it. His Ls sound more like Ws but he actually tried to move his tongue as I did only he took his hand to try and move it into position. He is making great strides and the tomorrows yet to come will be an incredible journey. Never give up. The days may be long but the reward is out there. Keep moving forward. Smiles to all and donut daze!
I'm Lynn Browder. Owen's Mommy. The best moments in time are when I get to see the smile on his face and that giggle come from his heart.