Thursday, November 15, 2012

Developmental Growth Spurts: Victorious!!

Sometimes you just know

You know that there's something...different.  Something tiny but incredibly powerful has fallen neatly into place, culminating in the blissful marriage of maturity and cognitive growth.  And how beautiful that marriage is...a marriage meant to last.  I hope.

As surely as the growth of the human body can be detected through sleeves and pant legs that are suddenly, slightly too short, growth of mind and spirit can also be detected through that sudden realization one day that the last few weeks have been...easier.  Not like things aren't always easy, because really, they are!  But something has clicked for Samantha, evidenced by the lengthier, more mature conversations we've had, her ability to comprehend far more than ever before, to begin to absorb more conceptual ideas, to transition so much more easily from one activity to the next, to participate in class (!!!!).

It really was quite sudden.  A bright little light shining on her, made even brighter by the smile of enthusiasm and pride that radiates across her face at the knowledge of a job well-done. 

This kid keeps me in check.  I've said it before, and will say it again, but I will never, never underestimate her again.  Never will I think, oh, she can't/won't/couldn't.  She CAN/WILL/COULD!  Who knows? 

My kid.  Who would NEVER participate in a group activity.  Who would NEVER get up in front of the class for any reason, preferring instead to cross her arms, lower her head, pout...

Last week, when called upon to present her Timeline project, a board with a photo of her from each year of her life so far, accompanied by sentences written by her (yeah, yeah, I told her what to write) about her First, Second, Third, etc. years, got up with no hesitation, walked to the front of the class, took the pointer from the teacher, pointed to each photo on the timeline, and read each sentence to her classmates.

And, holding their breaths both in astonishment and in fear of losing the moment, both her teacher and her aide were floored.  Needless to say, I received a very excited e-mail from her teacher immediately afterwards.  I read it over and over again, tears in my eyes, absorbing each word as my eyes moved across the message, barely able to believe it myself. 

The next day we learned that the class would be doing a Thanksgiving presentation the following Tuesday, in which they would be standing in groups, in front of their classmates and their parents, reading a poem about the Pilgrims.  Sammi's group of 3 students would have 4 lines to recite together.  4 lines.  In front of the class.  Yeah, right.  Good thing there were 2 other kids in her group or else her part would never be performed...

The day before yesterday I witnessed a real miracle.  I saw my girl, happiness and excitement glowing on her face, her eyes fixed on me, wait her turn patiently, stand with her group, recite her part perfectly, and grin from ear to ear with pride and accomplishment when they'd finished.  "I did it!" she exclaimed as the next group began their part in the program.  Mommy nearly burst with excitement and the promise of a truly bright educational future.  In just a week, a key part of her IEP has been accomplished, the part that kept me up at night.     

She did it!

Gah!  Stop twisting your hair!!!!!!  Btw, I'd post video of her stage debut, but in the interest of keeping her friends anonymous, I can't.  Friend me and check out my FB wall if you want to watch it...

14 comments:

Anna Theurer said...

Way to go, Sammi!!!! I still have trouble speaking in front of classes and groups of people.

Anonymous said...

Truly the brightest future she has in front of her :)

Krista said...

How exciting!!! Just amazing. That girl is full of potential.

Nan said...

What a beautiful bit of blossoming! Make sure Sammi knows its not just her family and teachers and peers who are proud of her! But all of us out here! She has a voice, a very public voice! How cool is that!

Jenny said...

I think this may be my favorite post by you!! I just loved it...It made me feel so happy just reading it :)

Rochelle said...

Thrilled for Sammi. Trust me I had tears as she was reading that in front of her class.

Oh and BTW, there are LOADS of parents of typical kids that tell them what to write on their projects. LOL See they really aren't different at all.

Charlotte's Mama said...

I am bawling. Congrats to you and Sammi.

Csunshinegirl said...

Crying!! How wonderful!!

Chromosomally Enhanced said...

So I hav read this post over and over and I have come back to read it over a 3 times...I hav because I am so happy...I am so relieved...I know that you understand all my fears...and I know that you get my hard long road...and reading this gives me hope and peace...that someday my little girl will stand before her class and do this...heck I will be excited when she can talk clearly! Thank you for this great post and smiling Sammi! Smiles

Jess said...

How exciting!

Anonymous said...

Sooo proud of our girl!! I thought I would burst with joy :)

Teleia21 said...

Go Sammi!!! I was so proud of watching her that day & of how great she did on that and the placement. She is truly an outstanding young lady. Its an honor to know her.

PS: Love how my Jack is slumped over in the back! LOL

Suzanne, SpecialNeedsMom.com said...

AWESOME JOB. great inspiration, to celebrate such special times!

Renee said...

This post brought tears to my eyes! Way to go Samantha.