I am constantly amazed by Dinky, more often since starting her special school.
She is just growing and achieving beyond what I thought was possible 18 months ago. Readers are going to start getting bored of me praising the school, but I cant thank them enough.
Dinky’s communication has improved a lot.. she has always been a talker but not a fantastic communicator, I learnt very early on that the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Now she can tell me when she feels sad and instead of running off, she will ask for something.
I laughed so hard the other morning when I had this conversation with Dinky (she was in a state of lower anxiety which was great)…
Me: Yes you can have a snack once you are dressed
So with my help she gets her t-shirt, pants and trousers on… and promptly runs out of the room…
me: where are you going? You’re not dressed yet
Dinky comes back to the door- looks at me with deep concentration on her face as she sees me holding up a pair of socks… She motions to her top and trousers and
Dinky: Technically… Dressed!
Me: But you haven’t got your socks on (I was trying so hard not to laugh)
Dinky: Not Nakie (naked)
She won that one- I tried so so hard not to laugh! I put her socks on while she had an apple.
I was just so proud of her being able to use a technicality to get her way. I know most parents would be annoyed, but technically it is my own fault for not specifying which items of clothing constituted being dressed and as she frequently runs around the house and school without socks- to her they are an optional extra.
Progress shouldn’t be monitored by exams and tests… it is the little things that can be a sign of great progress.