“I want to go to church please in French”, Owen said to Siri. He listened to that several times and then went on to his next option, “I want to go to church please in spinach”. He then asked for it in German. I am absolutely loving his fascination with all of these languages. He never answers me in any of the languages but I hear him singing and talking in them. I know he understands more than I can even imagine. I’ve always felt like he thinks they are all one big language. Maybe as he learns more about them and continues to ask for each he will begin to understand the differences. There’s no doubt in my mind that he will be able to communicate in many of them as time goes on. I have been trying to find ways to help him through some of his repetitive behaviors. He will ask me constantly when he gets to see his teacher again or go to church. He needs to be secure in his routine. He says, “have to go to sleep and then” wanting me to tell him what’s next. I know to go over with him a couple of times and then I ask him the question he says to me. It seems like this helps him process it quicker and moves on. I know the more he can communicate his needs with me will help to ease his anxiety as we talk through his day. I also want him to understand that we need to have conversations. He often yells out what he wants from me or what he wants me to do. I explain to him that he has to ask politely for his milk or more veggie straws instead of yelling at me “milk milk milk”. I also make him get the milk carton or bag of chips. We are working on life skills and each victory gets him one step closer to independence. I’m not quite sure that I’m ready for him to pour milk by himself yet. Heck, sometimes I have a hard time pouring it. He’s growing, I’m growing, and I tell him together we make a great team. There are many victories won every day. My greatest joy is seeing him smile and hearing his laughter. There is no greater gift than being his mommy and I’m thankful for his growth. Never give up. Every day is a chance for a new beginning. 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.