Wysdom was described recently as being "communicator". He his signing, saying some words and just all around telling us what he wants. He is using lots of non verbal cues to communicate with us. We go to a lot of different therapy appointments and one of the great things for me is that they can help me keep on track. They help us use two way communication. So many time I just want to do things for Wysdom, or say what he wants, or I am in a rush and move around to quickly. I have learned that if I am always doing this how am I helping him? If I take my time and WAIT I can learn and lot about him and see what he wants.
So one of our therapist can over about 2 weeks ago and asked about him communicating. I talked about how he can do a lot of signs and how we are so impressed with this. She gave me some great examples of how to get to use more of the functional signs like help and open and then we set up the correct environment for a dialogue to take place. Low and behold Wysdom is bossing me around these days. (ha ha). He picked up on this right away and within a day was commanding for things to be opened or that he needs help and he is doing it with some flare. Not just a meek open, but I imagine his sign communicating OPENNNNN!
We truly are so proud of how he is doing. To be honest I don't compare him to other's and their speaking abilities. I am not sure why I have never done this, but it doesn't interest me right now. It may in the future, but now I am just happy with our little guy and all that he is doing, especially in light of all that he has been through.
We are still using Signing Time Products daily to increase his signing and ability to communicate. I wish I could remember the name of the mom that introduced me to the company. I believe in signing so much that I have started teaching my own groups. Oh yes one of my favourite signs that Wysdom does is SCARED !!!!!!! I will have to get that on video. I just love it
Other updates are that we went to an eye appointment last week that took the entire day and Wysdom did not cooperate. Meaning that when the Opthamologist tried to look in his eyes, he closed them as tightly as he could. Sooooo (can you hear the sigh) we go back in 2 weeks. In the morning we go to a physical therapy and occupational therapy. Then in the afternoon we pick up his new orthotics. Otherwise things are going well. Just really busy.
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