Thursday, December 17, 2009

Huge Little Victory

As I've mentioned before the psychologist who originally diagnosed Avi didn't give us a very pretty picture. It involved a child who couldn't do anything for himself or reciprocate love in anyway. Hearing something like that leaves you feeling pretty bad. Well today all I have to say is, "Take this Dr. Mike!" Is that too prideful? Oh well, I'm not perfect.

I thought back then (and in times more recent) that I would never live to see him do something like us his spoon with such command.

Or dress himself.

Well...sort of. I'm not sure what's with the color on this picture. Other than coats, he's been doing really well dressing himself in shoes, socks, underwear and pants. Oh, and hats too.

Or engage in turn taking games. No picture for this one, you'll know why in just a second. Today we picked up some sufganiot for Debbie's work party and went out to the car. While I was putting Itai in his seat Avi suddenly took of running yelling, "Stay here!"

I closed the door telling Itai I'd be right back and sprinted, yes sprinted after Avi who was now three stores down from me. When I finally caught him he was four stores down from our parking spot! I'll skip the part where I wanted to scream and go right to me putting him in his seat and telling him it's very dangerous to run in a parking lot and that I don't like to leave Itai alone to chase him. So yeah, I didn't get a picture of his world record race to get away.

I never did believe him about Avi not being able to show love. He's always been affectionate and loving.

So...take that Dr. Mike!


Valerie said...

I can't imagine what that felt like to be told that. He's an amazing guy and with 2 parents like you, I'm sure he'll continue to prove the doc wrong. :)

Tiff :o) said...

I'm so glad he's doing a lot better that the doctor said he would. He's an amazing kid!

Stella Andes said...

I didn't know, either, that they told you such horrible things about his being autistic. (It kind of reminds me of when the docs told us Jon would be in a wheelchair by age ten more than likely...wrong!) You two have really helped him to grow as much as he has, and I know you will continue to do that. He really is progressing!

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