This post was originally going to be an update about Verity’s fantastic progress with her neurodevelopmental program, Hope and a Future, and I had big plans to take more photos after a mostly camera-less summer. But with Mindy having a job and not yet a driver’s license, the launching of our 2015-2016 academic year, Laura working part time over the summer and beginning college-level work, the addition plans kicking into high gear, a dear sock sister coming to visit for a few days to teach me how to knit, and a fast-approaching week dedicated to replacing our front porch, among other things as always…
This one had to be mostly photos and very few words if it was to happen at all!
“Where’s the airplane, Verity?”
Singing the chorus of Days of Elijah, word-perfect and timing-perfect~
Big girl walking up the stairs by herself!
Katie’s first love is still any and all auditory input. Look at that rapt expression!
To show you the little face I see on the other side of those number dot cards. Doodle loves every part of her neurodevelopmental program and sometimes begs for her favorite activities.
“Number dots, number dots, time to do your number dots…”
It’s so good to see her reading books again rather than dangling them in front of her face. Reading books for Verity means turning the pages correctly and talking about what she sees on the pages.
I wish I had the time to tell you in more detail how her language has taken off! We are so thrilled to watch it happen, and all the more so when we remember that she was almost exclusively using echolalia (rather than communicating with us) before she began her neurodevelopmental program in February.
You should see Katie’s face when I reach up onto the shelf to pull down the bin of musical instruments! If she doesn’t have an instrument to play with, she’ll shake any noisy toy near her ears, often right up against her cheekbone.
Happy sweet girl~
Ah-aah! Love sister!
Katie will hug now if I tell her “Katie, hug!”
The two girls don’t often play together, as Katie has developed very few independent play skills, both girls need a lot of direction and redirection when playing, and we definitely see Verity copying Katie now rather than the other way around. Ben and Verity are the terrible twosome at this point, I am sorry to report! My, the mischief they can get into, quick as a wink!
So for shorter, more guided activities, it’s very sweet to see Doodle and Kate together!
“Thank you, Katie!” says Verity.
How about let’s whistle? It’s my new go-to for redirecting Katie from one of her wide variety of less socially-acceptable noises, such as nose-blowing, growling, and her new fake laughing!
Katie whistles a low, brief whistle on each intake of her breath. Verity has finally mastered a correct whistle.
Good whistling, girls!! Perfect!!
A few months ago, Verity did not have the courage to climb up and balance on the unsteady edge of our ball pit.
Hmmmm, what’s Peter up to in there?? “Hi, Peter!”
This photo was taken a week and a half ago. This week, she began jumping off an outer corner of the ball pit without holding on.
One, two, three, JUMP, Verity!