There’s a quote that Angela over at Special Momma has on her blog. It reads, “have a child with limited abilities is like always being on the edge of possibility.” It’s a nice expression, but I don’t know if I really got it until today.

Today we started working with symbol cards for Charlie. We hold up two cards and he picks the one he wants. Each card represents a song and when he picks the card we sing the appropriate song.

This is big. It shows that he understands that the cards STAND for something and he can choose. The cards are symbols so that’s big too.

Then, this evening, while I was waiting for him to fall asleep, I saw him rubbing his eye with he right hand. Charlie rarely uses his right hand and I’ve never seen him use it like that before.

Today, I feel like we’re on the edge of possibility. It’s a pretty cool place.

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  1. therextras says:

    Very cool! ‘Course I believe everything you do contributes to the possibilities, but it makes sense to me that the ABR work in the neck shoulder area is showing itself in more arm/hand freedom.

    Charlie really benefits from your attitude of being open to many interventions, and choosing those that make sense you and him. (Not following just one philosophy.)

  2. Small Town Girl says:

    Sounds like a VERY cool place!

    Have a great weekend. :)

  3. that’s so cool! it’s so exciting when our kids surprise us by doing something we didn’t even know they could do yet….we’ve sort of been on the “edge of possibility” lately as well….milo is FINALLY smiling and letting out little laughs….something we have been waiting almost a whole year to see!

  4. Doing the happy dance for you both!! Wahoo!!

  5. hi

    i am a lurker but have never posted. i am following your efforts with abr. i hear what you mean about the edge of possibility. all summer our son kinda plateaued and now he is doing all these new things. it’s so inspiring!


  6. Oh, that’s amazing!!! I know just what you mean. These things may seem like small things to others, but they are victories to us. GO, CHARLIE!!!!!

  7. Happy tears over here! Yes, we live on the edge and it’s an amazing place to be most times. Way to go Charlie — we are SO PROUD of you!!!!

  8. That’s a pretty profound statement. Very cool about the cards.

  9. That is so neat, and I love the idea about the cards.

  10. Nadine Hightower says:

    The possibilities are endless.

  11. I love that quote, too!

    We have some song cards, too, that Fletcher’s vision therapist made for the light box (she put together this awesome kit of transparancies with pics of a boat, or spider, or bus, etc that correspond with a song, and then also gave us little toys that correspond to the pic on the transparacy, it is a really cool little kit). Of course I do use it as much as I should.

    So, we talked about it in Montreal, but I am reducing to writing here my request to see more blog posts about the cognitive program you have be doing.

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

  12. blairspage says:

    That is such an awesome quote, but it’s SO true! GO CHARLIE! How exciting that he is choosing what he wants as well as using his right hand!

    Go Mama!

    Hugs – Tiff

  13. Wow, KM, that is great! I am so glad that Charlie has such an awesome mom!

  14. I love it! EVERY PIECE OF IT!!
    from the eye rubbing, to the picking the card for the song selection.
    It is things like this that keep us going. Yea! for Charlie and for you!!