Wednesday, February 17, 2010

He can do it!

Today Griffin came home from school with this caterpillar and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. He wrote his name! This is huge for him.

When Griffin was diagnosed high functioning autistic/aspergers we were told that fine motor skills was an area that he would never excel in and would always need help with. His psychologist is convinced he needs occupational therapy in this area as well as exceptions made for him at school. She said no matter how much therapy this was the one area that would always be a struggle for him. Apparently this is true for many kids with aspergers.

We have struggled with Griffin's school because they do not want to include OT in his IEP. It seems ridiculous to deny therapies from a child who obviously needs them, but there it is and as hard as we fight we have not been able to overcome this obstacle.
At home Griffin does not color. He has never been interested in holding a pen, pencil, crayon, paint brush, etc. We have tried and we have every kind of art supply you could ever want but he is simply not interested in trying.
I have been worried about this and not sure he would be able to write his name before starting Kindergarten. I am so relieved, happy, grateful and excited. I feel he has so much untapped potential and all it takes is for us and his therapists and teachers to be creative enough and persistent enough to find the way to reach him.
Well done, Griffin! The best is yet to come!


Camie said...

It is beautiful. I love it! Griffin is so amazing, he's a fighter and he'll figure out how to overcome anything that stands in his way. Of course it helps that he has such wonderful parents. I love that little kid. And you!

Shaylynn said...

That is beautiful! Made me teary eyes, I love this little man so much. I'm his Shape! Even when he notifies me that he is angry with me for not letting him lay down:)

Kris said...

That is so great! Good Job Griffin! He will overcome and be stronger for it.

April said...

Yea, Griffin!! I'm so glad you posted this! Such a happy occasion!

Anna McKeown said...

You are such a great mom. Griffin is so blessed to have you. And well done, Griffin on writing your name! It's beautiful!

Emily said...

My oldest had some difficulty in the motor skills department (and still does). He would switch hands, hold pencils funny, and scissors? Forget about it. One recommendation that our OT gave us was Handwriting Without Tears. It's a system to help kids want to write in a building letters kind of way. It was a lot of effort on my part, but it worked really well for him.

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