Update on our PODD efforts:
All in one day, Kate told me she wanted to do what the others are doing, she wanted something "new" (there was a box of Honeycombs on the counter...we've never had those in our house!), and yummy!
The other night when we were at Grandma and Grandpa's, Kate was the centre of attention. She walked around like there was no tomorrow and charmed the pants off of all her relatives. While she was busy walking and playing, I modelled conversation through Kate's PODD and chatted with the adults about my new-found understanding of assigning meaning to all of Kate's efforts of communication. Kate was busy playing with a train with her back to me, so I acknowledged that I was talking about her progress and our efforts. To make sure that Kate knew I wasn't talking about her without including her, I engaged her in the conversation. I didn't expect Kate to acknowledge me, but she did. She looked at me over her shoulder and smiled at me...a smile that said she knew what I was talking about. I'll never forget that look.
And to top it all off, after a fantastic session with Christine our physiotherapist last Friday, I received this awesome email:
I just wanted to let you know how moved I felt today watching you use the communication book with Kate. It makes so much sense to me that she is absorbing the words and pictures and meaning without always looking at the pages. I really think your hard work will pay off and I feel very excited for her that you are giving her this opportunity. It is beautiful to me how much faith you and Jeremy have in her ability. She amazes me ..... and her walking today.... is just beautiful:)
Enjoy your March break.
Sometimes, life is pure AWESOMENESS.
Kelly is Kate's devoted, caring, Type-A mom. Kelly is a high school physics teacher who earned her masters degree in neuroscience from McMaster University in 2003.