Thursday, June 27, 2013

He Did It!!!

This morning was a morning like any other.
We got up had breakfast and watered the plants.

I went over to our chalkboard and wrote down the plans of the day ( I always love a good to do list)
and my son walks over to me and asks me to write spiderman.

He begins to tell me how to spell it.  My son is high functioning Aspergers and has been reading since the early age of 3 in the last year he would just spell things that he knew.  Like he could tell you his name and then spell it out for you in case you didn't understand him, it is a hard name to say when you have verbal issues.
But he would never write.  He would just make crazy circles as his letters.  No matter what we tried he would just do circles.  Last week I stumbled upon a leap frog learning tool that was called Mr. Pencil.  It allows your child to use the ipad as a notebook and the pencil learning tool to help make writing correct and fun.  He loved it.  I would find him in the mornings curled up with the ipad and mr. pencil as quiet as could be.

So anyway back to this morning.  After I wrote spiderman, he took the chalk and just did it himself right underneath mine.  I thought okay here come the circles and he wrote an S, my heart about stopped,  then he kept going...losing a little grasp at the end but it was a tiny piece of chalk he was trying to hold, so I give him props.
This day was a huge milestone in his autism functioning.  The key is to find what they are interested in and make it worth learning.  Make it fun and interesting to hold their attention.  And nothing but happy praise when accomplishment is made.  My child thrives off happy clapping and smiles. As I am sure any child would. 
He keeps me on my toes everyday with what he will click with and do next.  This day is one I will never forget.


Susan EvelynAndRose said...

AWESOME! I'm so happy for you all, Amy. The most wonderful thing is that he WANTED TO write. I think half the battle is trying to make learning fun instead of frustrating. Woo hoo to you guys!!!!

Inspiration Vintage Magazine said...

Oh Amy, that is AWESOME!!!
I am so thrilled for Brooklyn!
Have a beautiful day my friend!

Sue said...

Thinking of you and Brooklyn today! I hope you have a wonderful day together!!

Take care,

Rhonda said...

I have tears in my eyes, I'm so happy for you and Brooklyn. YEAH BROOKLYN
Way to go little man!!!!

Julie said...

Oh Wow Amy!!! I found myself holding my breath while reading your post ... that is such fantastic news & I can feel your excitement thru your words.
And what a wonderful word he chose - one of HIS favourites. I feel that this is just the beginning of great things for that little man. x0x

Kate said...

Sending you love and huge hugs HOORAY!!!!Awesome Brooklyn!!!

Love Kate

Gail Thayer said...

Yay! That's important!!!!! Good for you have something really great to work with him on....!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Rock on, Brooklyn! That's fantastic. Hold on to these wonderful mountaintop days.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

one small giant leap!!!

Kimberly Rogers said...

your heart must have skipped a beat when you saw that. I would have wept! Way to go!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a wonderful post, Amy! It really is a great milestone!!