Monday, July 26, 2010

Summer Update

Well, I finally have some time to update my blog! The last time I was here was in November...where does the time go??! Here is a brief update on what has happened since then:
* Matthew turned 5 years old
* he graduated from developmental delay pre-K
* he is being mainstreamed to typical (general ed) Kindergarten
* and is almost done with his 7 week ABA summer camp.

Matthew has continued his ABA, Occupational, Speech, and bio-medical therapies. He has come such a long way since he was diagnosed at age 2.5. He was dx'ed with "moderate" autism but I believe he is more "mild" now. His speech continues to progress, he movie scripts/hand flaps less often, and he has made three "best friends" at camp.

We have been reviewing his letters, numbers, shapes, colors, etc in preparation for kindergarten and he knows them all. He can also read some sight words and tries to sound out words in books. The area we need to work on most is social skills...communication & eye contact is very good with family members but he needs to improve on these skills with others. I am a little nervous about him going on to typical K b/c I am afraid some of the other kids might make fun of him, but he's a tough cookie and we will work through it....and his OT/ST/ABA therapists can help as well.

Here are some recent pictures of Matthew. He is getting really tall. We have been hitting all the local beaches, museums, and parks this summer. John will deploy soon so we are having as much fun as possible before he leaves for a few months. I hope that you are all enjoying your summer! :)