It’s all in the sounds, I tell myself. Owen’s getting it. I see connections daily for him. Today I heard and saw how his speech is changing. There are several letters Owen still has a hard time with. I think between speech therapy, his teacher’s go get ‘em attitude, and his new love for listening to different languages he is able to say the L sound. He was talking to Alexa this morning on his tablet and he was calling her “awexa”, his Ls always sounding like Ws. I could see the change in his eyes. He realized he wasn’t saying the L and immediately regrouped. His whole jawline moved, he opened his mouth differently, and repositioned his tongue. Out came, “Alexa we need a sample of hickory dickory dock”. It was such an in-depth process to watch but there it was the true connection to the letter. He’s been saying his L a little more clearly lately but this was the moment I think it clicked for him. I got Owen a new shark blanket that he can lay inside. He was sitting with it around part of his legs and he saw the teeth. He said, “triangle” holding it up looking at it. He followed with, “those are shark teeth”. I feel like these are the victories we celebrate. The connections, the joys, the moments when he knows it and I see the changes in him. He was on edge most of the night, concerned when he was going to see his teacher again, go visit grandma, and go to church. He was ready for all the steps at one time. He was very calm at dinner though. He ate several pieces of chicken, as much as me, and tons of veggies. He said, “milk” several times to me without saying “please” so I waited to see what happened. He got up from the table, went to the refrigerator, and got his milk. He handed it to me and said, “I want milk please” in French and with that, I knew through all my other emotions seeing his progress is what mattered the most. Celebrate our victories and celebrate yours. Remember the smallest steps can be the hugest accomplishments. 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.