On Thursday morning, the teacher presented Riley with a written schedule for her day (it soothes her to know what will be going on). Riley took it, read it, then crossed off "sensory room" and wrote "RECESS."
At break time, she went out on the playground with the other kids, took part in back and forth conversations, played a little girl hand clapping game (in the past these would cause a meltdown due to her motor delays; her body couldn't keep up) and even tried jumping rope.
This is a child who could hardly bear to even stand on a crowded playground holding a teacher's hand two years ago. A child who last year would only swing.
She asked her mother, mother, mother
for fifty cents, cents, cents....
Fifty cents? Fifty dollars? A hundred?
Whatever you want baby.
You make me so proud.