Special Saturday is a great hashtag. It encourages everyone with whom Special Needs features in their lives, to write about it, status check it, tweet about it and link up in order to try and raise awareness of living with Special Needs. As you know I am always interested in any ways and means of raising awareness for this very reason (hence why I started The Disability Diaries) so I will be joining in this fantastic movement.
This weeks Special Saturday theme is 'Latest Achievement'. I mention frequently that I am amazed and astounded at what J1 achieves on a daily basis, be it an attempt at rolling, or getting him to do just one extra movement during physio, reaching and pincer holding something or counting to 5. He does so much that fills me with pride, that it is difficult to think of one thing to highlight.
However, I have got to say that this week, with it being half term, and obviously getting much more one to one time with him, he has opened my eyes to how much more he is comprehending. A fabulous example to give of this is the 'Days of the Week'. For some time now, thanks to his wonderful school and teachers, he has been able to recite the days of the week. It has been in a parrot like fashion and this on its own has been pleasing.
But, in the last few days we have had very clear and concise (again another improvement that I could only have dreamt about a few years ago) conversations about what is happening on particular days of the week. In addition to this he has quoted the correct days when asked questions; that is - what was yesterday; what is today; what day will it be tomorrow.
This extra ability to demonstrate real comprehension of such things is something, I have to admit, I did not think would ever happen. He is starting to show real development in his mental capabilities that is just stunning to me. Some of those things that I grieved he might never be able to do are now becoming a reality and other realms of possibility are starting to open up and become reachable.
I guess the moral of this story is, never underestimate what your child can do.