Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Dillon started sped pre-school back in November, at the local public elementary school. Just in his first week I could see a difference in his speech, he was trying more to say words or at least attempt to make the sounds of some words.
Fast forward to now and he has come such a long way. His speech still is not very clear and most words he says are partial. But he is very smart, he remembers the songs from Mickey Mouse ClubHouse and Yo Gabba Gabba. He counts the numbers when they do and he identifies shapes, animals and objects that he recognizes. He's doing extremely well and surprises me every single day.
I realized I had not checked his notebook from school, he has a four day weekend and Thursday after school he had a very high fever. So checking his backpack was the last thing on my mind. This morning, we got his backpack and I got out his notebook to read his report from Thursday. I saw a few papers sent from the teacher, two were garbage but one caught me by surprise.
My son, who is Autistic with PDD-NOS and who also has Dyspraxia, was selected as Student of the 3rd Quarter at his school. Which his school is pre-k through 6th grade, the two pre-k classes are special education but the rest of the school is just a normal public school. He will be honored at an assembly with the other students who were chosen, on the 1st and Mr and I are cordially invited to attend.
I could not be more proud of Dillon. He has come such a long way since just after his first birthday when I started expressing my concerns to dr's about him possibly having Autism, then not recieving a diagnosis until he was almost 3 years old and he will turn 4 this coming October.
It just goes to show, children with Autism are not freaks or stupid or anything else even remotely close to those characteristics like some close-minded people may think. They may not function as normally as children not on the spectrum and they may have minor or major setbacks to overcome, but they are smart and capable of learning and growing.
Way to go Dillon! Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you, keep up the great work! You are such an amazing little man and I am a better person for having you in my life.