Back in December Chloe was awarded a grant for an IPad. She’s 3 years old and is still fairly “non-verbal”, communicating primarily with some signs and word approximations. But although she has around 100 different signs, she wasn’t really using them or her word approximations to communicate effectively. So coincidence or not, once she got her IPad her language and communication skills, including signing, started to explode. Maybe it’s the more time I (and her AWESOME nanny) specifically spend with her since we use it together, or that school just happened to “click” for her around the same time. . . whatever the case is, she got the IPad and her communication started to soar. It’s so wonderful to watch her playing with it and repeating back the various words and imitating sounds. She still has a LONG way to go and struggles with certain sounds/words (like “Rudy” our cat, or “Chloe”), but what a gift to see her pride in her accomplishments.
Chloe had her first school play-date a few weekends ago. She was invited to a “typical peer’s” house (that always cracks me up. . . what the hell does that mean anyway???) for a wonderful afternoon. I stayed with her of course, but she had a blast. I had maybe one fleeting moment of thinking, gosh it would be so different if Chloe didn’t have Ds. . . but then I remembered that Chloe wouldn’t be Chloe and I love her for who she is! Even though she had the attention span of a flea, she clearly brought joy to her friend and her friend’s family. They were thoroughly enjoying her. Yes, I know we are lucky to have found such supportive friends, and I’m sure there will be days when we are faced with judgment, but for today, things are good.