Apparently this kid knows how to WRITE HIS NAME! I say “apparently” because I had no idea he could do that and actually had convinced myself that he wouldn’t be able to for quite a while.
To be honest, I really haven’t expected him to do things (emotionally, socially or academically) anywhere near other children his age.
Developmental disabilities can make it very hard to gauge what to expect from your child. With Wilson’s communication difficulties, it’s nearly impossible to test or evaluate all that he knows. We leave almost ALL of these types of appointments knowing the evaluators didn’t even get a glimpse of all that is Wilson.
Sometimes we get so focused on all of the things he CANNOT do and how to help him overcome his challenges, that we risk missing out on all of the amazing ABILITIES he has to be celebrated NOW.
This little guy is constantly reminding me to STOP underestimating him!
I told our OT that Wilson had written his name at ABA therapy last week after being shown it written out and prompted once. Everyone there was surprised he had done it and I assumed it was a single fluke incident. He has an amazing memory and has always been great at imitation, but he has struggled learning which letters are which, so I figured he somehow had memorized the image he saw and could immediately draw it (still amazing!)
So, while it was still SO impressive that he wrote his name by memorizing the image of it, I assumed it wouldn’t happen again until he learned each letter individually and even then it would take time for him to learn the exact sequence that makes up his name.
Our OT wrote “WILSON” on the board and asked him to write his name on a separate board. He NEVER glanced up at the example she had offered, and wrote “Wilson” on his board. Lowercase. He knows how to write his name!!!
So here that amazing memory and imitation is serving him well to work on writing and letters.
I cannot wait to learn more as we explore together and help our little guy find his passions and show his brilliance. And I most certainly will stop underestimating him!