My favorite things the kids learned this year

by beagooddad on February 5, 2007

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Geetle and Pookie just turned 4 last week so I decided to spend a couple minutes thinking about how much they have changed over the last year.  Kids develop so quickly but when you are around them all the time it is sometimes pretty hard to notice how much they are learning.

It is hard to believe that Pookie still hasn’t even been in school for a whole calendar year.  The things he has learned both at school and home are amazing.  He can read several words, he can count somewhere over 100, he has gotten so much better at doing all the steps of the bedtime routine, he makes so much better and more frequent eye contact.

My favorite development with Pookie over the last year is without a doubt his improvements with communication.  Last year he rarely asked for anything that he wanted except occasionally by using sign language.  Now, it is rare for him to get upset before he at least first grabs us and tells us exactly what he wants.  With words.  And most of the time with real sentences.  He still has  along way to go with the two way conversation but he is starting to make some progress there, too.

My favorite development with Geetle is tougher to figure out.  I can’t really think of anything that was like, “Holy Cow!  Look at that.”  She learns almost anything very quickly which makes it hard to even remember what she is doing new this year.  A fun one has been watching her creativity develop.  She has moved from really lame puppet shows where the characters would say their name and then sing the ABCs really loudly to having real conversations with her babies.

My favorite development, though, is a new one.  One day she was doodling on a paper and ended up drawing a pretty decent stick figure type of person.  I’m not sure if that is something she picked up during art projects at home or at school or something just clicked.  I’ll try and get her to draw something for a future post.

Over the next year, I’m sure that the kids are going to continue developing at a very quick rate.  I am particularly looking for these developments.

Pookie – Potty Training.  Come on kid.  You know you want to do it.  Please, please get this mastered in the next few months.  I know in the grand scheme of things this doesn’t sound as big as learning to talk and read and interact with kids his own age but one of the rough aspects of being a parent of an autistic kid is you never have any idea how independent they will be as an adult.  Potty training will be hugely symbolic that he is past the toddler stage and ready to move on to bigger and better things.

Geetle – Independent play.  When mom and dad need a little free time, you need to learn to play without us.  If you are looking for something to do, go find Pookie.  He is an independent play master.  He’ll probably be doing something fun.  By the way, independent play can involve something more entertaining than finding your bed or couch and curling up for a nap.

What are your favorite things your kids have learned recently?  What is the next big thing you are really hoping they will pick up?

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