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Friday, April 17, 2009
One year ago today, my son was diagnosed with autism. It wasn't really as surprise at that point, since the appointment with the specialists had a six month waiting list, and by that time I knew what they'd say.
Anyway, I thought I'd highlight some of the things that have happened in the last year:
My son can now:
Communicate in two or even three word sentences
Say words that are understood without signs and gestures to back them up
Repeat things after me
Pull his pants up and down by himself
Say "diaper" and pay attention to his toileting needs at all (still not toilet trained, but that will happen eventually)
Put together Legos
Zip up his own jacket
Sit in chair in class without constant prompting
Name members of his family and teachers
Sound out words
Clean up after himself
I know he can do much, much more. But those are a few things he can do. He's so much bigger this year than he was last year, and I'm sure next year he'll be leaps and bounds ahead of where he is now. Yay progress!