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.
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!