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Imagination, Chatter and Livestock (April Recap)

April has been a month of pleasant surprises.

A few weeks ago, I decided to disregard my intense dislike of crowds, and take the kids to Aggie Days.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Aggie Days- it’s a celebration of all things agricultural.  From cows and lamas to giant tractors, Aggie Days has it all.  Honestly, it’s not really my kind of event (did I mention I REALLY don’t like crowds?), but since the kids would like it, and it would be free, and if we didn’t go, we’d be stuck inside on a cold Saturday, I decided  we’d go.

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I was nervous about going by myself with the kids.

I’d never gone to an event at the Stampede grounds, didn’t really have any idea where parking was, or where the Aggie Days stuff was.  On top of that, 6-12 months ago,  an outing like this would have been a disaster waiting to happen for Hannah- waiting for turns, transitions,  and needing to not touch display items were all likely to end in screaming fits back then.  Through the SCD diet, other biomedical treatments, and intensive therapy, I’d seen how much all of these things had improved in our daily routines, but was a little afraid that it would all be too much at Aggie Days.

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Wonderfully enough, it went really well.  All of the kids enjoyed it. There were lines to wait in for braiding your own rope and potting seeds, lots of noises, unexpected transitions, and tractors that weren’t for touching or riding.  The closest we came to drama was Hannah being a bit frustrated  when she was told “No, you can’t dress up in the  First Nation’s ceremonial clothes that are on display, even if you REALLY want to be a princess! ”  We left while everyone was still having a good time, and it was great for me to see that she can handle so much more than she used to be able to.

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(So happy to have twisted her very own rope!)

Another wonderful surprise this month has been with Hannah’s speech.  Some days, she is a little chatter box!  When she has the chance to free play, she has little conversations between her Barbies, dolls,  or Lego people.  The phrasing of her language has become much  more natural, and her average sentence length has increased from 3-4 words in February to 7-8 per sentence at the end of April.  This is really, really rapid progress.  Just to give you an idea of her rate of language development, it had taken Hannah a year and a half of therapy to compose a unique 3-4 word sentence. I feel certain this rapid increase is mainly due to the Methylcobalamin (Vit. B-12) shots we’re giving Hannah, as we didn’t make any other changes in biomedical treatments or therapy lately.  We started the shots mid-February, and give one to Hannah every three days.  Hannah still has more difficulty than her peers with sentence structure, intonation, answering abstract questions, and taking turns talking, but I feel encouraged that it will come together for her with time.

At church, Hannah has been doing great, participating more in class, and is generally really well behaved- other than sometimes talking at inappropriate times.  🙂

The past week, Hannah has been so happy, so much of the time.  She’s been dancing, and singing- it’s just so wonderful. 🙂  I’m hopeful that it’s a sign of even better things to come!

 

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3 comments on “Imagination, Chatter and Livestock (April Recap)

  1. Leslie Perry
    May 20, 2013

    What a blessing! She looks so happy, and proud of herself in the rope picture. I can’t wait to hear what’s next.

    • holdingtomorrow
      May 20, 2013

      Thank you, Leslie! Hey, I just ran across this website yesterday: https://www.generationrescue.org/member-log-in/join-grant/ They give grants to families that would like to try biomedical treatments with their child with autism, and cover 2 specialist visits and supplements and things for a stretch. We’re not eligible, since we’ve already started with diet and tests and supplements, but I thought maybe it would be something you’d be interested in. Biomedical treatments don’t work for 100% of kids with asd, but they do help lots of them. Just some food for thought. 🙂

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