Tomorrow we have Cam's 6 month meeting for a new IFSP. I can't believe that it's already been 6 months since he started with his therapies. When we first got Cam's diagnosis of Autism it was like a wall came tumbling down on us. Now he has speech, OT, and a teacher that comes and works with him each week. He has made so much progress. Each day I see him learning new things. He is still so far behind, but so much ahead of where I though he would be. Each time I hear him say a new word I swell with happiness. He can repeat most words, but getting him to use them on his own, is quite a challenge.
Eating used to be quite the challenge too. He's still a very picky eater, but now he will eat chicken. In the past he wouldn't eat any meat at all. Once in awhile he will even try something new. He usually spits it out, but at least he's trying.
He still doesn't like wearing clothes. Most of the time he will strip his clothes off. But now he at least keeps his diaper on.
He no longer headbangs or runs into walls. He doesn't gag himself either. He still acts like he's choking. And he still spits. The better he becomes at communicating the less of these behaviors we see. His teacher put in for a grant to get him an IPAD2. We are keeping our fingers crossed that eventually he will get one. That would be a tremendous help with his communication. They make apps that will help him to communicate with us, even though he doesn't have the vocal words to express himself.
He still doesn't respond to others outside of our family, or the people very close to us. He does so much better with meeting people for the first time if it's in our home. He used to go hide under the table when people would come over, even if he had seen them many times before. Now he will stay in the same room most of the time. If there's more than 2 people he will still go and hide. Over time he has become attached to his aunts and cousins. Earlier in the year I wasn't sure if he would be accepting of anyone other than our immediate family. I'm so happy to see that he will actually play with his cousins and kiss his aunts.
He is such a wonderful little guy. He has come so far in the past 6 months. I'm extremely proud of him. I know that Autism isn't going stop him from living a wonderful life. He has so much potential. He is such a smart little guy. My little Moon Man is such an amazing gift from God, just like his 2 big brothers. I'm such a blessed mama. ♥