Today, I thought I’d share some recent milestones that Cami has achieved. She has been working hard to progress in a variety of areas, some over months or even the past couple of years.
Sometimes it’s one step forward and two steps back, but we are glad to be able to celebrate victories both big and small.
And one thing I’ve learned?
These goals aren’t completed according to my timetable; they’re mastered according to hers.
Until then, my main focus is to support my daughter the best I can, providing her with the appropriate environment, tools, and information she needs to develop necessary independent skills.
Since beginning school, occupational therapists have been working to help Cami develop her fine motor skills, including learning to write her name. Though she uses a braille writer to emboss words onto paper, recently she has been learning the importance of signing her own handwritten name.
In May she was able to write the letters “c”, “a”, and “i” with verbal cues, and the “m” with hand over hand. Each letter was written in 1 1/2 ft. boxes on a promethean board.
(This picture was taken and scaled to fit on a 8 1/2 x 11 size paper to show us her work.)
Last week we received an actual paper with her work.
Each letter was handwritten inside the boxes on the actual legal size paper pictured, showing significant progress.
Cami still has difficulty dressing herself independently, and some articles of clothing are much trickier than others. It’s challenging for her to complete this task in a timely manner and on early (or busy!) mornings it’s easier for me to assist her as much as possible.
This past Sunday, I handed her the tights as usual and told her I’d be back to help her put them on. However, when I returned I was surprised to see she’d already done it on her own! Needless to say, this was a big milestone for her and we praised her for her accomplishment.
When it comes to raising a child with special needs it’s not about the size of the goal they’ve reached, or even how long it takes them to accomplish it; it’s about encouraging them to achieve.
Because in their own time, and in their own way, they do.
Your Journey: What recent milestone has your child achieved? I’d love to celebrate the victory along with you so feel free to share in the comments!