Elle’s ‘therapy’ began quicker than expected. We were set up for her first ‘session’ by the following week. The pictures below are typical of the types of activities Ms. E does with Elle. Elle enjoys it so much! When Ms. E arrives with her bag of goodies, Elle eagerly sits herself right down on the rug. She is ready to play!
Ms. E’s pegs…..Elle has learned how to say “up, up’ up” as she puts one atop another….and “tower” when it’s tall…..”fall down” when it gets too tall to stand any longer.
Elle loves to play with Ms. E’s Bears puzzle. She will place her finger to her lips and say “Ssshhh” when she sees the heads with the bears eyes closed, or even when she just sees the box in Ms. E’s bag.
Ms. E is helping Elle learn to play with a new toy……a shape and color sorter…..trying to get her to recognize which are the same and different.
Ms. E always asks Elle to find just one thing on the pages at a time. Today she asked her about the baby, which she showed us by opening the flap, and then helped her point to the girl when she asked her to find her.
Here Ms. E is singing Old MacDonald and moving her fingers in the puppet along with the beat…..Elle danced along a bit.
Play-doh, which Elle loves! She actually started to go get her own when Ms. E mentioned it, until Ms. E pulled out her own bag. They worked on rolling today.
The pegs are one of Elle’s favorite things, and she often wants to play again. She will go to get it out of Ms. E’s bag, and then has to ask before getting it, or finish her current task before getting it. This is one of the big things we are working on achieving….having her ask for things on her own instead of only repeating it when we say it to her.
Elle played with our own pegs later in the day with Corbin’s help. You can see she is saying, “Up, up, up!”
We’ve had months of frustration and worry, not knowing what Elle wanted half the time, having her get upset with us, unable to communicate her needs and wants. She has used more words sporadically, since beginning her sessions, during the day. She will now pretty regularly say “pup” (cup) when she is thirsty. Sometimes she will say and/or sign “more” when she wants more food. However, she doesn’t always use the sign and word appropriately, such as when she wants one of us to open something for her. Instead of saying “open”, which she will say when Ms. E is working with her and reminding her, she says “more”. So that adds to the confusion for us sometimes.
Last week Elle awoke in the middle of the night. I pretty much haven’t let her cry much since she was born. I mean, when she’s been asleep and begins crying, I wait only 2-3 minutes for her to settle, and if she doesn’t, I go check on her. Gone are my days of cry-it-out, at least for the most part. So I got up and walked down to her room when she didn’t get quiet. I opened the door to see her sitting up in her bed looking toward the door. As I went toward her, she reached out her little hand and said “Pup?” I was so thrilled, and actually heartbroken at the same time because, obviously, I did not have her cup in the bedroom with me and I knew she was going to be very upset when I left her to go get it. She was, but I was soon back to give her a drink and she quieted easily.
I was thanking God the whole night after that. It is a huge step for her to have used a word on her own, without being prompted. She felt thirsty, thought of the word, then used it appropriately when someone was there who could help her!
While I know we have much work to do and I don’t really know what our future is, I do know that God is with us and He tells us in His word to rejoice. We do still have the failed M-CHAT. What does that mean? I honestly don’t know. God does. He KNOWS, and He calls it good. I’m okay with that. We will continue to work with Elle. We love her. She is a blessing, no matter the struggles. And we will rejoice!
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.