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!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Hallie with bows

Some people (Lindsay) complained that Hallie did not have bows in her lovely hair in the last post so I took some smiling photos of her in a bow! I'm still getting used to being a mom of a girl.


I'm not fat for my height. I'm short for my weight.