Today Emma wrote the following sentences:
It is a good visual reminder of how nicely she is progressing. After she wrote these sentences she became frustrated with two longer sentences she was suppose to remember and write. I finally had to break them down into smaller pieces. We then worked on reading comprehension. The idea being – it won’t matter how well she reads if she cannot understand what it is she’s just read. Like many children on the spectrum, Emma has a tough time saying what a story is about. So we are slowly trying to build a foundation for her to be able to do so with increasing ease. At the moment it remains very difficult for her.
Yesterday and this morning have been hard for Emma. Her routine was interrupted, I spent a good part of yesterday cooking, we had guests for Thanksgiving and though Emma loved having family and friends over and sitting with us at the dinner table, I think the disruption proved tough. She’s been out of sorts, a little crankier than usual. This morning she kept insisting she go to the Central Park zoo and the big carousel; all things Richard did with her yesterday.
I never know what the reason is for her steps backwards, particularly when we can also see her many steps forward. I keep hoping things will just move forward with no steps back, but this is unrealistic. I know. I have to keep my eye on the bigger picture and not get weighed down with the little daily upsets. As we worked together this morning we had to stop several times as she became too upset to continue. Her frustration is in glaring evidence during these moments. She clenches her fist, hits her legs or pinches herself, so we had to stop each time and wait. I understand how frustrating it must be to not be able to make the words come out right, to not be able to retain a seven or eight word sentence, to want to give up.
“We have to keep trying, Em. I know it’s hard, but you can’t give up.”
“I know,” she said, nodding her head and looking sad. ”I know. We have to do it again.”
“That’s right, Em. You’re doing great.”
“We’ll do it until you get it.”
“Okay. Last time.”
And then she did it perfectly.
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