Guess who made muffins by herself last night? This was her first time, and I was so proud of her. Tia of course could make muffins while sleepwalking, but Ari's finally learned enough fractions and reads well enough now to follow a recipe. There is also the patience/following directions factors that have been an issue for my girl in the past.
Some of you may have known Ari since she was born, and can remember when she would scream to communicate since she had no language at all. We were advised in the beginning not to use sign language at all, and I feel this slowed down the language acquisition for her --all kinds of language --and we had behavior problems as a result too.
I still remember right before Kai was born, I was probably 8 months pregnant, so Ari was 4, and we needed to take her back up to Primary's children hospital to check on her implant, and she refused to let me help her get dressed. She wouldn't dress herself. She didn't want to go, and screamed and cried in the car all the way there (as I remember). I brought her clothes with us, but couldn't get them on her except for a pair of tights. She had on her body worn processor, and a pair of tights. She wouldn't walk, and the closest parking I found was in the garage three floors down. No elevator. I threw Ari over my shoulder (screaming), and carried her up those stairs. When I got to the hospital door I found an unused wheelchair, and plopped her into it, and pushed her to the Dr.'s office.
May God bless her Dr.'s., teachers, and therapists for getting her to where she is now. Ari's worked very hard too.
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