As I took the boys to Toys R Us to get out of the rain, and use some of their Birthday gift cards, something so awe inspiring happened for us as a family I was brought to grateful tears on the way home.
My two year Jackson fell asleep in the stroller as we were wandering the aisles. Franklin was a bit antsy and wanted out of the stroller. So I thought I would try something. I got down on my knees and looked Franklin right in the eye, and made sure he was looking back at me.
I told him "Franklin you can pick one toy to take home with us".
We were in a section of the store of the kinds of toys that he likes, and he looked and touched a few of the toys that he recognized. Backyardigans, GeoTrax, Toy Story, Puzzles, and Thomas the Train. As I watched him I felt like I was watching his brain work. He wasn't that interested in those, and then we came upon the MOTHERLODE!! There is an Animal Planet section in Toys R Us now. He LOVES animals. He looked at several boxes of animal toys, and came upon a Farm Yard with 20 animals, a tractor and a farmer. He made some of his Autism language, and flapped his arms in excitement. Then, he pulled the HUGE box off of the shelf and said "I Want", and handed it to me. This child does not talk, we get a word every few weeks, rarely two together.
This was so huge today. He receptively understood a single instruction, and followed it appropriately, made his choice and communicated it to me. It was like he was out of the Autism bubble for a minute and completely knew what we were there for and what was happening. He has always had challenges with receptive instruction in therapy session and they have been working on it for months and he is just mastering some of the receptive drills that he works with daily. But this was out of a therapy or classroom, this was a real life everyday thing that regular kids do all the time. He got what we were there for and went through the toys, picked what he wanted and told me that he wanted it!
I was able to drive home safely through my tears of joy! Thank you Animal Planet and Toys R Us for marketing and displaying something that my little guy LOVES.
This is something that Bravo just doesn't have the cajones to broadcast, those Real Housewives don't have anything on me :)
Earlier this week he had me cleaning up poop murals, today he's making huge strides. The roller coaster is never ending in our house!
The Happiest Mommy on earth today!