Drew is coming right along. We see so much progress in him, and so many surprises. I thought I needed to do a quick blog post to capture him at this point in time.
This month he got bumped up to 4 days a week at school! Very exciting, and very much needed. His teachers felt that he would benefit from more consistency in his school week, so we changed his IEP and now he goes 4 days. (well, he WOULD except that there has not been an entire week of school since Christmas due to the weekly Snowpocalypses)
This winter has been hard on all of us. It's hard to be cooped up inside with 2 small and energetic little boys who need much, MUCH more activity and interaction than can be had inside the house. We watch much too much TV, and play too many video games. Parker is now at the age where he's discovered the iphone and iPad games and he's hooked. He and Drew fight like cats and dogs over them. Parker is really into Monkey Preschool When I Grow Up, and Word World, and is well on his way to knowing all his letters of the alphabet (but that's another blog post). Drew is still playing all kinds of things, but mostly he likes to watch old videos of things we did in the past, and his big favorite game is probably Angry Birds. He's pretty good at it!
Since they fight SO intensely over the iPad, anytime Drew has it, I tell him to go in mom's room and shut the door. And he does. He knows that's his safe place for playing iPad, and he's happy to go in there, shut the door, and get up on the bed and stay occupied for quite awhile (and no, I don't make my bed, nor do I have anything that matches).
He's starting to answer questions now. This has been something that was a joint effort between his team at school and us at home, and finally we're seeing progress. Previously he would never answer a yes/no question, he would just repeat the question back to us. But now, we're seeing some answers. MOSTLY just "yes" to things. but we're working hard on a "no" answer too. But hey, a definite answer is a big help in our daily lives.
And other good stuff happening...... he's actually telling me about things that he's doing!! it's VERY limited so far, but I hope it will continue to other things. Right now the only things he'll tell me usually regard some letter that he made. Like, he'll come up to me and say, "make a Q!" which means made a Q. And I go look and he's drawn a Q in the carpet. So it's a BIG start. I'm psyched. This the beginning of him coming up to me and telling me something that's happened somewhere else.
This week for the first time EVER he answered an open-ended question about something he did in the past. I asked him what he did at school that day, and he said "Make a bunny!" He has never answered any questions like that, so it was so exciting that I quickly emailed his teacher to confirm, and sure enough, he did make a bunny that day! And the same thing happened the next day, more info. So now that he's starting to be able to convey information like this, we've started a Communication Notebook with his teacher, where we can keep track of his improvements in communication. She lets us know specifically he did that day, so that we have information to start conversations with him about it. I'm really looking forward to all the neat things he'll be able to tell me in the coming weeks and months.
A few cute things he's said lately: he was talking the other day about some "A" that he saw.... and he starts going "A! A is for ant!" and I just go yeah yeah...... we go through this a million times a day, with all letters. And he continues on..... "A is for aardvark! A is for Ant! A is for anteater! A is for antelope! A is for alligator............ (and finally) Those are all animals." That cracked me up. He's never finished up with a summary statement like that, very cute.
Here he is watching Dad snowblow the driveway.
Not surprisingly, he's reading a lot of words now. And spelling words. He's been obsessed with letters for like a year and half now so it's not at all surprising.
They say 3 and 4 year olds ask a lot of questions. Like "why? why? why?" I guess that's true if the child knows what "why" means. I've never heard Drew use that word and I'm sure he doesn't know its meaning. BUT he's beginning to ask a lot of other questions. His favorite is "what's that sound?" And he's also using "who" for the first time. Like if I'm working on photos of a client or somebody he doesn't know, he'll look at it and go "who that?"
So I don't know..... he's come a long way, with still a long way to go. He's a lot of fun and we're enjoying seeing all the new things he's doing, and enjoying the ride with him along his convoluted path. One thing that's always been true: he is SO sweet, and so thoughtful. He's a great kid who needs a lot of extra help and support...... and patience. His teachers love him, and that's a great thing. He's got other issues going on which are really hard to deal with but hopefully we can get some answers in the next few months.