Friday, November 23, 2012

The Difference A Year Makes

Night & Day

Have you ever experienced or witnessed a change in someone so drastic it can only be described this way?

The first time it happened to us... it was frightening.
Our calm & content little guy suddenly became moody & aggressive.  All of his cute little quirks seem to become exaggerated all of a sudden and we were at a complete lost.  We had no idea what was going on!

That was how Memphis' daycare career ended and his journey into kindergarten began.

A year that should have been really exciting... was filled with anxiety, concern & a hellish sense of "what the heck are we going to do!?"  We had an amazing support team, but no real answers until last spring when he was diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

 kid is obsessed with hunting magazines!

Since then things have continually gone UP.  Better & better.  We are equipped with more knowledge and an even greater support system both at school & at home.

Memphis' first term in grade 1 just came to a close and the difference between this time last year is night & day!  He is excelling academically, already reading at a grade 3 level (if not higher), doing well in French & exceeding all of our expectations in math.  The biggest difference in the progress he has made socially.  A month ago he was still struggling to get through an entire day in class... having to be taken out after 15 or 20 minutes to do individual work with his aide instead.  Now he is spending the whole day in class and has also formed an important bond with his teacher... we are thrilled! 

Yesterday was Thanksgiving... across the border, anyway, but I wanted to take a moment to say that I am so thankful to have this little guy in my life.  Thankful to have so many amazing people surrounding us on this journey & knowing we're not alone!

The Hollie Rogue

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11 comments

  1. way to go memphis...and way to go Mommy and Daddy!!

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  2. That is amazing! I'm so happy for you. It's so tough we our kids are having a hard time!

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  3. I love reading this. It is such a journey.

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  4. so glad things are looking up for school! How nice things have gotten great for him!!

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  5. I'm so happy for you guys!! Way to go Memphis and way to go family!! Xoxo

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  6. Yay for Memphis :)
    Glad you guys are enjoying each other as a family!

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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  7. Stopping by from the Hollie Rogue link-up! So glad Memphis' needs are being met and he's doing so well! My mom works with a lot of kids with autism spectrum disorder and I feel like a little cheerleader on the sideline=)

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  8. so glad to hear that things are going so well. great job, mama (and family)!

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  9. It's amazing how much difference 365 days can make.

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