Sunday, July 08, 2007

One Small Step at a Time

We are doing our own form of Physical Therapy here at home now. Since Nick is out of school, he does not get that stimulation he needs for his muscles to get stronger. So, now, I have it written down on our calendar(which is like our Bible) that every weekend we will go to the park, and I also want him to get used to being around a group of kids; so we also are taking him to the Tacoma Mall play area. I was kind of skeptical of the play area at first because the last time we were there all he wanted to do was run away! But, I thought it was worth a shot. I am so glad we went! He loved it! He liked the little slide they had and the play house they put up. The play area was completely redone since the last time we went, so it was a totally new experience. Nick loved all the different shoes as well--he went up to one lady, bent down, and touched her shiny black shoes. Then he saw some sandals that caught his eye-so he picked one up and started to twirl it. I calmly went over to him and re-directed him to the slide. He enjoyed his time in the play area. Michael helped him out too by showing him how to slide and how to go under the tunnel.

After about an hour or so, we left and had lunch in the food court. I put one french fry on Nick's stroller, and then watched as he slowly inspected every inch of it. He touched it, twirled it, smelled it, put it to his lips, and licked it. After a few minutes, the UNTHINKABLE happened.....HE ATE IT!!! He has not eaten a french fry in about 6 mos, and you would have thought I won the lottery with how much praise I gave him!! He not only ate that fry, but he finished off the rest of them as well--even the ones that had corners and dark spots!! My amazing little guy--he tries so hard! Things don't come easy for him, and the sounds from all the people were sometimes too much as he covered his ears quite a bit, but he managed to overcome it and eat french fries with us!! I am over the moon!


My piece of the puzzle said...

I found your blog on the BBC Autism board and I'm so glad I did. Your entries are beautiful and your words demonstrate the love you have for your son quite nicely. I look forward to reading more from you.

I have a blog too - it is wonderful therapy, isn't it?


Joeymom said...

Wow, french fries! Woo-hoo! Go NIck! Playgrounds are wonderful things. You never know what surprises await...

Jessica said...

Way to go Nick! I'm so happy you had a good experience. No two days are alike with kids like ours. Keep up the good work Amy. You are such an amazing and inspirational mom.

Amy said...

Yes, we have had quite a few lovely days with our sweetie. He has such a gentle nature and it has just shone through the last few days. Sometimes I think the world needs more "auties" like ours!

Catch me on a BAD day and it is totally different...LOL!

Thank you Renee for your kind words! It is one of the many reasons I set up this has gotten me through some rough days. And I LOVE sharing the good days with Nick!