The goal is to always explore new options with Owen. I’m the queen bee of getting stuck in my ways so I truly understand but by encouraging him to try new things we will both keep moving forward. I want him to know he has options. I always offer at least two choices and then have him decide. I told his teacher how last night I offered two shirts to wear to bed and he asked for a different one. This was huge to me. She was also excited to hear about the carryover from what they are learning at school. She will offer him two things that aren’t necessarily his favorites and then asks him what he would like. This is brilliant to me, creating conversation and allowing him to make choices. And I’m sure several other skills. Plus with his learning style I think it helps him to process decision making. We sat eating dinner together and instead of always putting his fork back on his plate he would hold it up next to the side of his face resting his elbow on the table. It’s that fine line of what do I encourage and discourage. He’s using his fork, that’s a step in the right direction. I wonder if it is because he has low tone in his arms that makes it harder for him. He was looking at his penguin rollercoaster and he pointed to the igloo. He said, “that’s an igloo” spelling the word igloo, “igloo is made out of snow”. The amount of knowledge he has that is all tumbling out amazes me. His “Mozart dog in a box come” made its debut tonight. He was so happy to have the newest rollercoaster. Last night he was watching a video of a different version of this tiny rollercoaster. I wonder if he will want that one. He asked me to help him with his tablet. I was trying to delete some of the apps he doesn’t use because it was running too slow. He wanted me to finish and move on. I told him I was almost done and it would be another minute. He said, “patience patience patience”. Momma might say that a time or ten. He was in a great mood tonight and telling me about his week to come. Big mountains are being moved and I know he is going to keep soaring. Never give up. Every day miracles happen before our eyes. Find your strength, believe in yourself, and know that you can do 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.