What can I say? The girl is doing amazingly well! We recently had her IEP meeting (IEP = Individualized Education Plan) with her teachers and therapists at her school and we all sat there amazed at how FAR she has come this year. Her special needs class (especially her teacher, Mrs. Hall) has been the biggest blessing in our little girl’s life! She loves school and is happy every morning when I ask her if she wants to go see Mrs. Hall. We all still feel like she needs one more year in the SN class, but for the first time I can truly imagine Isabelle NOT needing any therapy or intervention! Praise God! It was just a bit over a year ago that we were told by a developmental pediatrician that Isabelle was autistic. Clearly, she is not! She does have her own way about doing things, but more and more she is just simply, a normal little girl 🙂
We were able to discontinue her private speech therapy last month, she is doing so well! She was tested on her last visit and she tested at 3-0 years for receptive, 3-1 for expressive and 3-8 for articulation! What an amazing feat for a little girl who had ONE word just a year and a half ago!! She still receives speech therapy at school 3 times a week and her SLP thinks she is coming along wonderfully.
She is becoming so much more inquisitive, too. Her favorite (and only) questions used to be “More, please?” but recently she has asked “Where are we going?” “Where is daddy?” and even the long awaited, “Why?” I can’t tell you how thrilled I was when she asked me this… it’s been a long time coming, but she is finally becoming interested in what’s going on around her! When we drive she will now point out things, “Look mama! A school!” or “Look mama, it’s raining!” It’s so exciting to hear her pipe up in the back of the car where she used to sit silently, content to just watch the show on the DVD player. We still don’t read a lot of books as she just hates to sit still that long, but she is making such huge strides! It has been such a blessing to witness her blossom into the child that God intended for her to be. We still don’t know exactly what her future holds, but we don’t worry about it any longer. I questioned God many times during those dark days that followed her autism diagnosis… but His plan is perfect. And His creation, Isabelle, is perfect. Just as she is 🙂