Thursday, February 05, 2009

On the verge of a breakthrough?

Could it be?? Could it be that Nick is starting to make some real progress in the area of cognitive development? What he did today was a huge leap...no wait....it was a slam dunk!

I came home today and Nick was playing in the front closet with the light on. When he heard me he came out. He was not saying anything, but he was hitting his head with his hand. I thought at first he was frustrated with something, because that is when he usually does this. But, instead of being mad at something, he grabbed my hand and made me hit his head. I can't say HOW, but for some reason I immediately thought of a headache.

I kneeled down to his level and asked "Nick, do you have a headache?" He said nothing, instead he began looking for a place to bang his head. I instantly distracted him by taking his hand and saying, "Ok, let's go get something to fix it."
"Fix it" he understands, and begins to follow me. I find some Children's Motrin and gave him the recommended doseage.

He is still quiet for the next few minutes. Ten minutes or so pass, and Nick is not so quiet anymore. He is screeching with happiness and playing beside me while I clean up the kitchen. Mike notices the drastic change and says "Wow, he must be feeling much better now!" Mike then proceeds to tell me another amazing event that happened today.

He told Nick to pick up all the pillows and put them on the couch. Which, he has normally needed a little help with staying on task and maybe some guidance. Not this day. Nick did it. With no prompts. Words cannot describe how proud I am of my baby boy! My Little Man...Doing the best he can! Today was a good day.

2 comments:

Autism Reality NB said...

Congratulations. I have a 13 year old son with Autistic Disorder and profound developmental delays. I know how much a breakthrough like this means to a parent.

Michelle said...

Way to go Nick!! Sounds like a breakthrough!