The morning started off a little rough and the night still had the ruffled edges of a hard day but he was able to work through his emotions with me. Sleep hasn’t come easily for Owen this week either. I can see him working through all kinds of emotions, even my emotions. It takes a lot out of him. It takes a lot out of me too. I see progress coming. In the past when he would have lots of meltdowns and emotions for days on end there would be a huge growth spurt following. It was like everything was coming at him so fast, soaking it up like a sponge, and then more connections were made. I had him read with me tonight. I make him read the titles under the YouTube videos he wants. It’s a mix between words he knows and very long words that we sound out together. I think about the process of reading and I’m thankful that he is trying hard to learn to read. I will put my finger under each word having him say the word if I know he can or I will tell him to sound it out and I prompt him through each section of the word. He will now take my finger and put it under the words when he wants to read. When I hear him pronouncing words I think back to when he couldn’t talk and when the doctors told me he probably wouldn’t talk. Not only is he talking but reading and singing. On tonight’s distraction agenda was him singing his scales. I work with him on singing different tones and pitches. I want him to feel the connection to music and I know that working on his scales will also help his pronunciation of words. I have him sing looking in a mirror sometimes as well. This way he can see how his face changes with the sounds. I tell him every day that he is amazing and he can do anything he wants to do if he sets his mind to it. I want him to dream the big dream and know that he can obtain it. Never give up on your dreams. Believe in yourself and the rest will follow. 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.