Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Holder of Miracles

Our fridge has become our "holder of miracles". Maybe you remember this post.

This week we got to add this miracle.





Luke's FIRST picture!! Miss OT helped him (hand-over-hand) draw the vertical lines. The rest was all Luke, baby!! That's right. He actually grasped the marker. Looked at the paper. Scribbled on the paper. And looked at the paper while he was drawing! I know, I know. It's doesn't seem like much. But for months we've been trying to get him to even hold the stinkin' marker. Normally, it goes something like this:


OT: Luke, we're going to draw a picture today. (hands marker to Luke)
Luke: takes marker and throws it across the room.


or

OT: Luke, I'm gonna help you draw on this paper today.
(she continues by hand-over-handing it with him.)
Luke: either cries the entire time or reluctantly lets her help
him scribble while he looks up at the ceiling, at the lights, at the wall. Zero interest.


But this week something clicked! And all of sudden, he was doing it all on his own and loving it! He hasn't done it since. But, THAT'S OK! Walking out of therapy that day with my two-
yr old and a piece of paper with red scribbles seemed so "normal", it's enough motivation to keep on trying. And yes, I think this needs a frame!! :)


Then, there's this:















These are the letters Luke can identify all my himself!! Amazing, right??!! Love this little gadget that I know many of you probably have on your fridge too.





This gives Luke the auditory feedback he needs, plus it doubles as a fine motor activity since he has to work to get the letter to fit just right in there. And, with limited vision, it's definitely WORK for him. But, he's getting there.








It's so exciting to see him learning new things. It's slow and steady, but changes are happening. We're grateful!

3 comments:

  1. YAY Luke! He is amazing - probably has something to do with his incredible parents and the AWESOME God we serve. Crying happy tears as I read this, friend. We love you all.

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  2. WOW!! WHAT AN AWESOME & FAITHFUL GOD WE SERVE!! THE CREATOR OF LUKE & THE LOVE THAT SHINES THROUGH HIM. MIRACLES BEGATS MIRACLES! I THINK THOSE LETTERS HAVE A VERY SPECIAL MEANING! SOMEDAY WE WILL KNOW WHAT IT IS. THANKS FOR KEEPING UP UPDATED. IT HELPS WITH THINGS OTHERS GO THROUGH. LOVE TO ALL!!

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  3. There is something very magical about that moment when you absolutely positively realize that he has come so far and put it all together from the exhaustive hours of therapy you have all put in.

    It's a feeling you wish you could bottle, but in your pocket and pull out on days that are bleak and feel hopeless and drink when you feel like you just can't make it through a bad day.

    Thanks for sharing, the enthusiasm and joy in your post is wonderful. :)

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