I decided to film him tonight so that you can hear Max sing. I hesitated before sharing the video, because if you aren't familiar with Max, you may be surprised by this video. What you will see is that he is rocking back and forth, bouncing on our couch. He rocks when he gets tired - this is how he calms himself and self-soothes. Because you don't have a starting point to measure his progress, I can tell you that the improvements we are seeing include increased eye contact, singing, leading the actions in the story without being prompted, and following instructions by turning the pages. His pronunciation isn't perfect, but his pitch is terrific, and it is very clear that he is singing the words "roll over".
This is why we walk. Getting Max to this point has taken us two years. There is no quick fix for treating Autism. It is hard work. It costs A LOT of money. It is progress measured in inches. It the last thing we think about before we fall asleep and the first thought that enters our minds when we wake up in the morning.
Thank you to everyone who has already donated to Team Maxwell for the Autism Speaks Walk For Autism. If you would like to donate, we appreciate any and all help! One day Max will say "thank you" himself, but for now, we will say it on his behalf. Thank you, thank you, thank you.