I love to hear Owen’s words. I love the connections he’s making. And I love that he is starting to understand more about his needs. I do not love the screaming. The challenge with screaming is he likes to do it, a lot. He also knows that I don’t like him to do it, a lot. He walks up to me, screaming an inch from my face, walking away, laughing. You know that old adage, “never let them see you sweat”; well, Owen has me pegged. Once he sees emotions, he knows he’s got me. This is where the fine line of screaming comes in. I know that sometimes he screams, because he has no other way to process it, but I also know there are times he screams, because he likes to see my emotions. One of his therapists had told me that I needed to hide my emotions when correcting a behavior, explaining he feeds off my emotions. I understand the concept, but the challenge is actually doing it. The self proclaimed queen of emotions, and here I have to be straight faced when I’m trying to correct him. I don’t always have success hiding my emotions; so instead I talk to him a lot. I talk to him about how he is feeling, and it is alright to be upset about something, but he needs to use his words to help mommy understand what he is going through. His words are coming, I know he will get there, I believe in him. He’s had a really good day. He’s been to the potty multiple times, and talking to me about what he is doing; there’s also been some screaming. He said to me, “first starfall den reading eggs den teach time finish your work den play bowling app”. Starfall, Reading Eggs, and TeachTown, are all his school apps that he loves, and when he finishes his work he gets to do other things he likes. He calls TeachTown “teach time” for some reason, but he will say TeachTown when prompted. I love the connections, I love the smile that he shines towards me when I say his name, and I love the incredible progress he is making. Here’s to finding your success story, and making the world a better place. 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.