One Joyful Thing

Hey guys! Just wrapping up a good time at the Mom 2.0 conference that was held here in New Orleans–can’t wait to share some of that with you guys. I’ve also got to do an update on my pregnancy and the Twinkies, but first I want to tell you how amazing my kid is.

Last week, Charlie’s teacher sent home a note discussing the Easter Egg Hunt that they’ll be having at school. Charlie is one of the youngest in the class, and maybe the most disabled, so there are sometimes things in the notes that don’t really apply. On the hunt this week, the kids will be trying to locate eggs that are labeled with their name. The note said that if they don’t recognize their name yet, that they would be assigned a sticker.

Which made me wonder if Charlie could recognize his own name. Probably a year and a half ago, I made big cards with the names of all his family members on them, but I really didn’t know if he would remember any of that. I showed him some of those old cards, but I still couldn’t really tell if he was getting it–he’s really good at reading clues from Mom and Dad, so we give the answers away sometimes without meaning to.

So, I review his “Charlie” card with him a few times, and then  I busted out the iPad and Proloquo2go. I gave him four choices and asked him to tell me which one said “Charlie.”

He gave this teenager-worthy sigh and then selected the correct choice.

So, Hooray! Charlie can now recognize his name. Now I’m just wondering what to teach him next. . .

little boy laughing while playing with his Dad

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  1. Go Charlie Go!!

  2. Love it!

  3. Fantastic! He is so adorable, I love that picture.

  4. That’s great!

  5. “teen-ager worthy sigh.” I know that one.

    Hooray for Charlie!!!!

    • Yes, he seems to have perfected it at such a young age–and always when asked to do school work.

    • maybe the sigh means, “mom, this is so simple, I know so much more” I found a wealth of “i already got all this” buried deep inside my non-verbal son. The trick is to find a way in to discover how much he already knows. I was beating a dead horse trying to teach him things he had long since moved past. It was so frustrating for him. and wasted time I could’ve been using to expand his horizons.

      man, that sounds like I’m criticizing you and assuming you don’t know your son. I’m sorry. I didnt’ mean it that way at all. I meant to rejoice that Charlie knows that and tease at the possibility he has picked up tons more that he’s been exposed to. Either way I see exciting times ahead for you with your precious boy!

  6. Sweeeeeeeeeet! Man, Katie, that is freaking awesome! Charlie, you rock, little man! That just made my day to read that, Katie!

  7. I love this. Absolutely LOVE it. :)

  8. That’s a REALLY joyful thing! Love his smile….

  9. That is honestly awesome! Eli is three and a half, and just started recognizing his name about nine months ago.

    • That’s really great to hear Sarah. I figure we lost at least six months to ICU, seizures, brain surgery, etc. so it’s good to know that he’s not horribly off the mark. Plus, I never thought to teach him that before now. Who knows when he would have picked it up if I’d just given him a chance!

    • Thank you, Kathy! That’s a fabulous post and I’ve actually met The Redneck Mommy in person and she’s really great.

  10. It is the little things that make your day :-)

    He is the cutest ever!

  11. Wow! He is a cutie!

  12. AWESOME! Hilarious that he gave a teenager-type sigh! LOL

  13. That is great news! I never thought to teach Emily that either, but she has shown great promise with it at therapy. Don’t you love it when our kids surprise us with the things they know (especially when we didn’t think to teach them?). I am also familiar with the sigh. At 3 1/2 Emily has already perfected it. She is also good at giving you the look that says “are you kidding me?”. Really makes me look forward to what she will be doing in her teenage years! : )

    Love that pic. Could he be any more adorable?

    • I do think that sometimes I forget that he’s getting older and that there are things he might know even though he can’t tell me.

      Also, I’m pretty sure that deep-down Charlie is already 13.

  14. Cartwheels! I am doing cartwheels! OK, mental ones, because I never could do a cartwheel and I don’t think I’ll be learning how anytime soon. I know what a big deal this is. I still remember the day Max was able to read his own name. YOU GO, GUY!!!!!!

    • I am thrilled. But, of course, I’m already trying to figure out what we should be working on next. The pressure!

  15. Lamby, lamby, lamby boy.

  16. Ha ha! “Teenager worthy sigh”. Love him!

  17. Awesome! Go Charlie! He knew how to let you know that recognizing his name was old hat! We starting doing “sight words” when Liam (autism , PDD-NOS) was about four just shortly after diagnosis when he was still non-verbal. He can read so many words at eight that it just astounds me! It sounds like your son is the Smarty McSmartpants kid too.

  18. I don’t know if he’s a smarty pants, but this week I worked on Mama and Daddy and think we’ve got those down too! I’m just going to keep plugging away and see how much we can learn.