So, I have to play the proud mommy tonight and brag a bit! I have a beautiful little boy named Sam who is 8 years old. For those who have been following my blog for awhile, you'll remember that Sam was born with xxyy syndrome, is on the autism spectrum and has severe speech apraxia. Everything in his life has come with a lot of work-for him and us! We have moved our family from a different state and then from a community we loved, so he could get the therapy and attend the school that we felt would be best for him. I'll be honest, when we realized that he was facing so many uphill battles, I set aside certain expectations for him. It took me 3 years just to hear him say mamma. I didn't know if he would ever read or do math or other educational things like my other kids did and I didn't mind! It was more important to me that he was happy and learning the important things.
He has come so far. The school he attends is amazing and helped him overcome his constant running away or his meltdowns and violent tendencies over little things. The past few months have been the best yet. He is happy and regulated and talking better than we ever thought possible. Tonight I attended his parent teacher conference and learned that he is reading on a first grade level (he is in second grade) and doing amazing in math! He is actively involved each day and loves to learn. They handed me a paper he had done with double digit math facts, where he even carried the one! I had no idea he could do that! The other paper he had written-all on his own the words, "I lost a tooth" It was darling! And he did lose his first tooth over the weekend!
It is an amazing feeling when you work so hard to just help your child do the minimal things. You hope and you pray and then one day, you realize that he is not only surviving this big scary world, but he is thriving in it! It was the best feeling ever!
I shared this over a year ago on the blog here, but it is one of my favorite layouts that I scrapped of this sweet boy. I think it is fitting to share again!
And now for today's freebie:
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