Sunday, December 14, 2008

Joy to the World!!!

Joy to the world, Shayla can color!!!

Ok, maybe I'm getting a little excited here, but here's why.

In the spring of 2007 when my just-turned six-year-old daughter, Shayla was exiting the public preschool system the Occupational Therapist estimated that her fine motor skills were that of about 18-24 month developmental level. How upsetting is that!?! She just turned six, we had already delayed kindergarten for a year!

Now I am homeschooling her at a First Grade level. With the one-on-one she is thriving. She is still behind, but I think she'll eventually catch up.

She still has anxiety and does not talk in public places. She is diagnosed with selective mutism. But, now that she's getting caught up a little academically, maybe now we can try going out more. Recently we've started attending church and Brownie scouts, again. After Christmas, I have a whole list of library books to check out about shyness. I hope to coax her out of her shell just a little bit more at a time.

I hope to do more posts about how we recovered from autism.
To see what other special needs parents and kids are doing, visit 5 Minutes for Special Needs.


Debtfree2009 said...

There was a child in my son's first grade class that had what I think they called selective autism. She would never talk at school in the class. I know there were a few other problems. I use to read with each child individually everyday as a volunteer. It was so "painful" for her. I know she had special services at school but I am not sure which ones. By the time she was in 3rd grade she would run to me and hug me and talk like we were best friends. By six grade she went on the school trip to Washington and now she is an eight grader with a budding social life.

Your daughter is blessed to have you and I'm sure she will continue to thrive. I enjoy reading about your children.

Rebecca said...

It is so great to read about your homeschooling success! We are set to start homeschooling in the next year.

Great coloring for Shayla!

Happy Monday

Amy@GrowingLikeTrees said...

If you don't mind, I'm going to forward this post to a friend of mine who has an ADHD son (that many label autistic, but isn't), and wants to homeschool. People keep telling her that she can never do better than the public schools special ed program. I'm the only voice telling her that she knows her son better and that he needs the extra attention.

I'm looking forward to most posts on this topic - thanks!

All Rileyed Up said...

She did a great job with the coloring! Good job with the homeschooling. The doctors thought my daughter was selectively mute for a while, and then out of the blue, she just started talking up a storm. We still have trouble understanding her words, but just hearing them is music to my ears. Good luck!

mommytoalot said...

Awww I can totally relate.
love her colouring btw

Childlife said...

Oh, she did a lovely job! We're homeschooling too. I find there is just so much you can do to fine-tune a curriculum so that it perfectly suits your child. We love it!

So glad you joined in with MMM and I hope to see more of Shayla's wonderful talents :)

~Michelle @ 5MFSN