MAJOR improvements this summer


Wow – Ashton’s verbal communications are way up, considering his connectedness to YouTube and the TV.  He’s just making more sense, being more spontaneous and some of what he says, is downright hilarious! ex: he’ll say….. “I said, a thousand times NOooo” with almost that same inflection…. LOL The kid cracks me up on a daily basis.

We’ve been working on identifying facial expressions; happy, sad, scared and mad/angry. Well, not only has he picked up on those four expressions, he now likes to make a game of it! Watching him try to contort his own face into each expression is absolutely priceless!

How can you not totally giggle at this silly boy? 🙂 He’s doing a great job identifying and showing emotions, even if we do still make it a game sometimes.

Even better? Read the note that got sent home today from summer school…….

Ashton did well today. He handled having a substitute teacher remarkably well. He had some minor difficulty transitioning from the computer lab back to the classroom, but he was able to make the transition from the computer activity he really enjoyed back to the classroom. He read a book today and did an excellent job sounding out some difficult words. He also led the class back to the classroom after lunch. He was helpful and made sure I did not get lost. After lunch he transitioned extremely well from putting his lunch bag up and going to a new setting to work with the occupational therapist. We had told him prior to lunch and had him meet the occupational therapist to help with the transition. He worked with the therapist for an hour. He had a good day and should get his reward. I will be here again tomorrow for ::regular teacher:: and then she will return on Monday.  Thanks  ::sub teacher::How amazing. Well, not really…. I know he’s capable of so much more than what he was producing with this past school year’s teacher and staff. This note home, proves it. I’m keeping tabs on how he’s doing with summer school, both with the teacher and also with the therapists so I can pass it along to current school’s staff as a starting point for the fall. He’ll start working with his ESY teacher on Friday; he’s very excited about this, because she used to be his teacher when he was in 5th grade! She’s quite aware of the situation that’s gone on this year and is hopefully going to be a major key in helping him make some big gains over this summer to make up for what he lost or stalled on over the school year.

In other news…. Ashton’s eating new foods! We had tacos last night for dinner and I made him one, with just meat and cheese. We eat our tacos on fried corn shells (soft) and I just rolled it up. He didn’t want to eat it initially, but he did end up eating the whole thing! *thumbs up* Scored points for me! I often lament that he won’t eat what we eat, and he always wants hot dogs & mac and cheese or chicken nuggets & fries. He’s getting better about at least tasting (even if it’s just to lick) the food, and now, he’s even biting into and then eating the item. He’s also started not only drinking a sip of milk when it’s placed in front of him, he’s asking for it! I’m trying to cut down on the amount of soda that he drinks (well, all of us really), so I told him once the pepsi in the pantry was gone, no more sodas! Well, he drank the last of it two days ago! He doesn’t much like juice, and well, water does get boring after a while. So, yay me again! 🙂 He’s very happy to drink skim milk, woot!

It’s been a big week in our house as you can see! To think, this is already the third week of summer break (well, not much of a break for Ashton). You may not be able to read the calendar… but you can see that there is something going on just about every single day!

Between summer school, ESY services and summer camp, Ashton’s whole month of July is going to be gone before we know it. He doesn’t really have any real free time, until mid-August! But, if the last three weeks are any indication, things are on the spiral upward and I can’t wait to see the gains he continues to make and where he’ll start his 7th grade year at. So proud of my big guy, he’s working so hard to make himself fit into this world. You know, that whole ‘square peg in a round hole deal’….. yea, that. He’s trying desperately to fit into a world that doesn’t always understand him and he’s doing a fantastic job!

Jennifer McCormick
From a non-verbal, severely autistic two-year-old little boy to a happy-go-lucky, social, verbal and friend to everyone fifteen-year-old teenager. Add in the little brother who struggles with ADHD and we've got some craziness going on! The journey has been well-worth the ups and downs and the heartbreaks are all worth it when I see my sons overcome the "impossible" and defy all odds. I couldn't be more proud. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Jennifer McCormick

Jennifer McCormick

From a non-verbal, severely autistic two-year-old little boy to a happy-go-lucky, social, verbal and friend to everyone fifteen-year-old teenager. Add in the little brother who struggles with ADHD and we've got some craziness going on! The journey has been well-worth the ups and downs and the heartbreaks are all worth it when I see my sons overcome the "impossible" and defy all odds. I couldn't be more proud. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

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