Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Riley has been in a creative frenzy. She can't get enough of the crayons, pens, pencils. The kids had a snow day yesterday and the monkey above was one of many masterpieces that resulted from all that free time.
I used to watch with sadness as other kids; 3, 4, 5 year olds happily colored away. Riley wouldn't touch the crayons. Her fine motor skills were so poor. At 3 1/2 her hands worked like an 18 month old (according to her occupational therapist). Her intelligence however, was above average. Imagine the frustration?
This time last year. She refused to even pick up a pencil to attempt to write. Today, she wrote the words above without asking for any help. She drew and colored the monkey all by herself.
Recovery from autistic spectrum disorders IS possible. I can't say she never has a meltdown but today they are few and far between. Today I thank her for every tantrum she ever had. Her outbursts are what motivated us to keep searching. It was terribly painful, but it led us in the direction we needed to go toward healing. Her vision doctor says something along the lines of "The behavior is your big clue. It is the child offering you information on how to help them."
My friend Kathy sent me a link for a conference that looks promising. It's on the "wrong" coast but those of you out west might want to check it out!