As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, Charlie has motor planning issues. Basically, this means he has trouble getting his body to do what he wants. It takes a ton of work and repetition for him to master a movement. Aside here: this is one of the main reasons we do Feldenkrais therapy with Charlie–it was recommended for this very issue.
Charlie has always struggled with his eyes. For a long time, they weren’t super-useful and even now, he often listens instead of looking.
In the last year or so, I’ve been working with him on smiling on command. Sounds easy, but there are a ton of facial muscles involved with smiling. He smiles spontaneously–it’s the other way that’s work.
But he’s got it! If I ask him to smile for the camera, most of the time he’ll comply with my request. There’s just one tiny issue. . .
Yeah. . . gotta work on the eyes and the smile at the same time. But you know what? I think that eye/smile combo is pretty dang cute.