God either has a sense of humor, or he knows that I can’t pick up on subtle and need a big old billboard sized sign that he’s got things covered. The day after my big meltdown, I saw this:
Michael was trying to each Gabriel words from the vocabulary cards!!
I sometimes joke that I live with schizophrenics because of the extreme ups and downs the boys go through in short periods of time, but I needed to see this, a reminder of how far we’ve come. Michael’s therapist is very pleased at the progress he is making and feels that he may soon be ready to begin the actual therapy, now that he is starting to understand physical control over his own body. While he still may flail and act out, it’s not as often as it used to be, and he now has times when he can calm himself without any more assistance than a verbal reminder. He does seem to genuinely try to connect with others every now and then, though it’s still in a very controlling and autistic way. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the RDI progress, watching him learn to work with and learn from others.
And just to make sure life didn’t get boring, I think Gabriel’s starting to potty-train himself. Should make for an interesting few weeks! I’ll just keep repeating my mantra: God is good, and he’s up to something.
Happy Thursday! 🙂