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post #1 of 11
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Valentine can draw faces.

 

It's really awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are your amazing kids up to?

post #2 of 11

Counting and reading are going well and age appropriate.  She's also doing better than some of her typical peers in her classroom in both subjects.  :)

post #3 of 11

Yay for drawing faces! 

 

My three year old boy who has autism has been doing all kinds of impressive things lately.  Communication, language, and joint attention have all been improving, and he's dong some pretend play and art which makes me so happy I can hardly stand it. 

 

Recently he pointed to an airplane in the sky, said "airplane" (or pretty darn close), and looked at me and smiled.  He's having pretend conversations on his play phone and while it's basically pretend talking he does say "hello" at the beginning and "goodbye" at the end.  And he strung a fruit loop necklace all by himself! I swear I almost cried.  I took like hundred pictures.

post #4 of 11

Yay for all the successes! Just had to add mine: My 6-year old (PDD-NOS, OCD, anxiety) walked from the front door of school to her classroom BY HERSELF for the first time this morning. A huge, huge deal in our world. She has been working up to it with her counselor and announced this morning that she was ready to do it. No anxiety. No tears (except happy ones by me, after I left). luxlove.gif

post #5 of 11

My DD, age 15 (Asperger's, social anxiety disorder, sensory issues) is camping at the beach this week on an extended field trip from her school. She is in another state, doing things she's never done. She willingly left her comfort zone.

 

I never thought she would be able to do things like this.
 

 

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My DD, age 15 (Asperger's, social anxiety disorder, sensory issues) is camping at the beach this week on an extended field trip from her school. She is in another state, doing things she's never done. She willingly left her comfort zone.

 

I never thought she would be able to do things like this.
 

 


joy.gifWow! That's just great!

 

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joy.gifWow! That's just great!

 



It is great. I've been feeling weepy all week, but it's a happy, emotionally raw weepy.

post #8 of 11

Yáy for your DD going to college and being happy there in the future!

post #9 of 11

My ds#1, 13 year old in a month!, is on the autism spectrum.  Last year at about this time, he got suspended for a day for acting up in the hall.  This year, he's had next to no behavioral issues, so his social interactions are a little better.  He was also re-evaluated, and everything looked great!  I was a bit worried that he was actually going to lose a lot of his services, but his teacher assured me that he will only be losing some of the behavioral parts of his IEP and focusing a lot more on his social issues and executive functioning!  So now that I'm not worried about that, I can celebrate all the wonderful strides he's made in the last year.

 

My ds#2, 11 years old in a month, is gifted with a learning disability.  He's totally come out of his shell this year and has a group of great friends.  Last year, his self confidence was really low, so he was very quiet.  Now that we're using voice recognition software at home and a word predictor program at school, he's so much happier.  His creative writing is amazing!  I'm so proud of him. 

post #10 of 11

My 19 year old (ADHD, BI-Polar,Tourettes, Anxiety)  Just got his first real job.  He studied Culinary all through High School.  His hard work and skill landed him a job in the kitchen of a very trendy, farm to table local restaurant.  He was hired as dishwasher/prep and has already been promoted to Prep/Line.  He had some rough moments in the beginning.  New things are hard for him.  But it has been about 5 weeks now and he is still working.  He also renting a room in a house around the corner with a friend and his mother. Big changes!  Super proud of him.  

 

And my 7 year old has made some amazing (to us anyway, lol) progress on reading.  In September he couldn't even take the Kindergarten STARS pretest.  He is in first grade.  He was just able to take the STARS again and he tested on a 7 months into Kindergarten level!  We primarily home school but through a new local Charter School.  So he gets Speech and reading help as well as a teacher who comes 1 hour a week for each of the kids.  He is getting a lot of reinforcement and it seems to be helping.  But Charlie gets the most credit.  He has been really putting his all into it.  He read me a few pages of Green Eggs and Ham last week and I was so happy I cried. He is still halting but he did it!   He had severe speech delay and some other issues.  Super proud of him.

post #11 of 11

Hooray for that first job!  Mauimama, that's wonderful that he's working in a field he has a real interest in.

 

I came back from the IPP meeting for my 11 year old (ASD, anxiety) and had the great experience of hearing mostly great stuff.  We were able to remove all the academic adaptations because he hasn't needed them with his anxiety under such good control (we earlier had to allow extra time and alternative setting for testing, but it turned out that with the anxiety under control he can work up to speed and in his class - which is what he wanted because he didn't want to be treated differently from the other kids).  He's been volunteering at breakfast program and as a referee for intramural sports and the adults involved have been loving working with him.  He's going to start in a supervised volunteer visiting program at the local nursing home (arranged through the school) next week.  I hope he enjoys it!  Because he's so into farming and antiques, I find he can find common ground for discussion with the seniors in our community, so this could be a really good fit.

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