Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Max Update.

Max is having a burst of progress this week. It is so important to acknowledge these periods of progress, because as much as we are waiting for them, praying for them, they do sneak up on us.

On Saturday, Max got on the swing.

On Sunday, he walked into the kitchen, pulled a cup off the counter and handed it to me. He wanted milk. Pretty clear communicating, eh?

On Monday morning, when I was driving him to daycare, I pulled up to the stoplight where I usually turn left to take Max to blueballoon. Instead, I turned right, to go to daycare, and he got really upset. All this time I assumed he wasn't paying attention to where we were going, but he clearly knows exactly where we are going, and he doesn't want to go to daycare!

On Monday afternoon, in his speech therapy session he said "nut", "mommy" (which according to his speech therapist, Kim, sounds like "duhduh" but she insists he IS saying mommy though, not daddy even though it sounds like daddy). He also said "pig", "cookie", "chips", and "crispie".

On Tuesday morning, Max pulled his pajama top over his head all by himself when I asked him to take his "shirt off".

On Tuesday afternoon, when Max's Bumpa pointed out that he had "poopy pants", Max patted his bumm, walked to the bathroom, opened the door, and pulled the toilet visual off the visual schedule.  He then laid down on his change pad.

All small steps, but together, it's a mile. I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings. Go Max!!


  1. Anonymous11:32 p.m.

    Wow, these are great steps forward!!


  2. Go Max! His progress is amazing. Team Max is obviously putting in a lot of hard work and it's paying off!

  3. all signs of him becoming so much more aware of his surroundings. He is lovely. God bless him!

  4. Anonymous11:20 p.m.

    Isn't it exciting to see the big changes and growth in our kids. I remember before we got our official dx for my son, (but I knew he was on the spectrum) I was worried sick that I'd never hear my son utter the word "mamma". He would play with his older sister's battery operated doll that would say "mamma" whenever you caressed the doll's cheek. I recall sitting there with a lump in my throat overcome with saddness because a toy was able to say what I so desperately wanted to hear come out of my baby boy's mouth. It was so painfully unfair. Fast forward 6 months to today and he not only says "mamma" but "mommy" and many other words and word approximations. Most recently, he's combining two words like "mommy open"- to ask me to open the door, or "mommy up" to ask to be picked up. With lots of hard work and ABA/IBI our kids are capable of accomplishing so much. Unfortunately here in Ontario we have to wait so long and fight so hard to access publicly funded ABA.

    Way to go Max! Way to go "duhduh"! Keep up the great work!

  5. I totally remember your post on the 'poo visual', when you explained how many steps it actually takes to go for a poo, from noticing that you need to go, to watching your poo and pulling up your pants some, like, 24 steps later. I remember you talking about it like you guys were taking it on but it was gonna take a long time, you didn't sound too sure on how that was gonna go, etc. I'm sure you remember your own post too, :), so I'll go straight to my point: this is awesome!! Potty training seemed like this impossible quest barely two months ago, and now look, the see is totally there already!! GO MAX!!!

  6. I meant 'the seed is already there', oops :)

  7. I know! We are starting full out potty training (underwear only!) on the 27th...putting the plan in place as we speak, getting all parties involved on board.