Owen likes to use an app that mimics his voice and makes it sound like a cartoon character. He doesn’t like to use words with it though, he makes sounds but they range from high-pitched screams to his stimming EEEEE sound. He will put his keyboard on the automatic sounds or his tablet to a music video he likes and then he starts the recording. I tell him he can use the app but he has to use his words. I try to encourage him to use his words so he can hear what they sound like when he says them. I made breakfast for us. I put it down in front of him and he said, “I eat bis cut and gravy”. And not only did he eat it but he ate a lot of it. He went to spend a few hours with his grandparents today. We’ve been working on him being able to dress himself. He’s been able to put his shirt on for a while but not his pants. I helped him put one leg of his sweat pants on and then I told him to put the other one on. Instead of pulling them on, he took them off. I told him that now he had to put both legs in. I walked towards the kitchen, still watching him, and there it was one leg and then the other in his pants. He even had them on the right direction. Big ole victory right there. I told him he did a good job and he said, “very good job”. I’ve always felt like he sees all languages as one big language. He doesn’t understand that I can’t speak them all or read them. I don’t even know how to explain it to him. He has watched many videos in French and today he was screaming at the top of his lungs, running through the house, with his tablet to his ear, belting out Old MacDonald in French. I’ve counted at least six languages that he listens to and what gets hard is when he wants me to use the voice-activated option to find the video he’s looking for. I made him shrimp for dinner and I cooked myself eggs. He loves eggs but I had added vegetables to it so I wanted him to try. I said, Owen come here and he said, “excuse me”. I wonder if that’s the start of attitude of using his ever-growing word list but he did try a bite and like them. Today I’m thankful for celebrating the lifeskill victories he has accomplished. There’s great joy in knowing he can put his pants on. Next to learn shoes and socks. Celebrate your victories one by one, cherish the steps you take, and know that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. 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.