Sometimes I do things for Owen because I don’t want to hear the screams but in the long run, this makes it harder on both of us. I want him to learn life skills but I also know the emotional struggle as we go through the steps. He’s learning to dress himself but I still have to help him adjust his clothes. I go through stages with his shoes and socks where I try to make him do more of the steps. It is hard for him to pull up his socks let alone stretch them to even start the process. His socks are one of those things that I overthink and try not to think about as well. I was always worried that his socks would be bunched up or he would have a rock in his shoe and not be able to tell me. I say to him over and over again “use your words” hoping it will all sink in with him. I explain to him that if his sock is bothering him or if his clothes don’t feel right that he needs to tell me. I’m trying to get him to understand left from right. When we are driving someplace I would explain the direction we were going but he still mostly says “turn right” no matter if we are going straight or even turning left. I know he is making huge progress though so it’s a matter of time before he understands left and right. I have been teaching him how to search for apps and videos. It’s helping him learn to spell and also working on patience, both of our patience. It’s hard for us to let go of expectations and the outcomes of our days but I’m learning to grow with Owen and I’m thankful for every word he says to me. Find your strength, walk with your head held high, and know that tomorrow is a brand new day. 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.