I was thinking about progress, Emma’s specifically. Through the literacy program we embarked on just exactly a year ago now, Emma is reading and writing in full sentences, we are also working on comprehension. Her language is beginning to change as a direct result of all of this work. As I was thinking about this yesterday, I realized something that probably seems obvious.
Drum roll please.
If Emma continues to make the sort of progress she’s made in the past year, we have nothing to worry about.
(Richard is yawning right about now. He has maintained this for years and continually reminds me of it, but when he says it, it seems hard to believe. Okay, now he’s rolling his eyes and probably has walked away.)
I know this may seem like less an epiphany and more a random thought that anyone who’s been reading this blog will have come to, and probably quite a bit sooner than I have. But here’s the thing. Sometimes I am just too close to it all. I’m in the trenches, working with her, everyday, observing and noting. But pulling back, taking the longer view, seeing Emma from a distance, well, it’s just much harder for me to gain that perspective. Whenever I am able to and do though, I can see how far she’s come. I am filled with excitement with her progress. And yes, it feels as though I’ve had an epiphany.
Unfortunately I have a short memory. So it’s important I write this down. Maybe I’ll even remember to reread this post some day when I have forgotten and am feeling discouraged again.
On April 9th, 2011 we began her first literacy session. We began with the word “sit.” Prior to that we had worked on letter formation and sequencing with colored tiles. From that day in April, Emma is now writing sentences in answer to questions such as – “What is this?” “What is she doing?” “What does she want to do?”
This is a sample of Emma’s writing answering those questions from this morning’s “literacy session.”
For more on Emma’s journey through a childhood of autism, go to: www.Emma’s Hope Book.com