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Why, why, why?

Captured By Becky Photography (36 of 59)

No, this isn’t the post where I fathom the depths of what factors I think contributed to Hannah developing autism.  Today, I’m celebrating Hannah’s newest and terribly exciting language development.  Hannah is asking questions, and lots of them.   I know that is no big deal for a typical almost 5 year old, but for a child whose expressive language was at the 3rd percentile just a year ago, it is amazing.  Why questions are the most complex of the who, what, where, when, why series of questions.

Captured By Becky Photography (49 of 59)Captured By Becky Photography (50 of 59)


Yesterday, she asked:

What are you making?

Why do you wear two shirts?  (I often wear an undershirt under more low cut shirts for modest sake)

Why do you pinch the hair clip?

Is this called a car?  (while we were driving and noticing cars, trucks, and vans.  She knows we drive a van, but wanted to know if vans are cars too)

Why you move the van?

Is Ivy in the class or not in the class?

Captured By Becky Photography (47 of 59)

And some of  her questions are amazing too.  The one that floored me today was:

What is baptism and autism?

Hannah has been trying to relate stories from her experiences for a few months, but is just getting to the point where the stories are starting to make sense to people who aren’t familiar with every single detail of her life.  I’m so happy for her, that she can share what is in her thoughts, and be understood.  Isn’t that what we all want?

I am so, so grateful that Hannah has been able to reach this level in communicating this year.  I know that it is a combination of  working with an amazing team of therapists and aides, treating underlying health issues, and the answering of many, many prayers.


4 comments on “Why, why, why?

  1. Jenny
    June 6, 2013

    Hooray for Hannah! Just love this. Can’t wait till July to see all of you.

  2. Mike Kapel
    June 6, 2013

    Wonderful–Love you all and give the kids a hug from Grandpa

    • holdingtomorrow
      June 7, 2013

      Thank you, Mike. We love you! We’re all excited to see you next month!

  3. Pingback: Then and Now- 1 years progress | holdingtomorrow

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