The last few weeks have had moments. Beautiful, wondrous, surprising moments that I have wanted to shout from the roof tops. It’s almost as if I have been in a euphoric state waiting to hear my alarm go off…
But no, it’s all real. She’s real, the communication and the words I am hearing are real.
In just the 2 months since Summer has started attending her autism facilitated preschool program we are seeing unbelievable progress.
We learned through play-therapy that Summer, when asked, “Summer show me ….” can show us letters, shapes, numbers, and colors. Incredible. It doesn’t end there though…
She has started to say single words and pair two words together. Much of it is repeating, scripting, and requesting. I thought it was a dream. It’s not, they’re not, it’s real, the words are real and they continue to roll in. Mommy, Daddy, Mom-mom, Daddad, kitty, dog, one, two, three, four, five, red, green, blue, chips, rock, pool, I go, like it, no, various sounds, animals sounds; cow, duck, chicken, dog, and bird. She is pretty much attempting to say anything we ask her to. She is trying so hard too. It’s like a verbal tsunami!!
She walked to the garden with her dad to check on the vegetables and fruits. Sam pulled up two cucumbers and Summer chimed in “peekles!” Cucumbers-pickles, she was on the right track. Sam said, “How many pickles?” Summer responded, “tu.” She is amazing.
She completely blew our minds this past week. Sam and I were reading her alphabet book with her and we decided to switch up our approach. Sam pointed to each letter and asked, “Summer, what is this letter?” She proceeded to verbally sound out EVERY letter!! Correctly at that!
The amount of joy that I feel hearing my daughter speak is an emotion that no one could ever explain in words. I am so Proud, surprised, and hopeful of what is to come.