Friday, December 18, 2009

Giving credit where credit is due

Goldie had her quarterly eval this week. I have to say it was fabulous! She has made so much progress in the last 3 months. She now knows over 100 signs and her speech is increasing slowly and steadily. Her fine motor skills have taken off and she is completing puzzles on her own along with beginning to draw. I could go on and on!

So, I was bragging about Goldie to a family member and their reply was "Are you going to do something in March, so she doesn't backslide, since you aren't sending her to preschool?"

Well, that caught me completely off guard. I explained, again, that our immediate family, has helped Goldie get to where she is today and we will continue to do so. And when I say we have helped Goldie, what I mean is that we give her opportunities and encouragement. Like you would with any child.

Goldie is the reason for her own success. I'm so tired of this idea that she would just be happy to sit and stare at the wall if it wasn't for Early Intervention. I remember reading books on DS when she was born that gave the very distinct impression that children with DS were not motivated to meet milestones or learn new skills on their own. Then the IFSP meeting came and the echoed those same thoughts. 2 1/2 years later I can say: what a bunch of BS!!

Here is our star! If you're wondering, she is putting cupcake picks into a pegboard to make a flower garden. Cute, huh?


My name is Sarah said...

This is Joyce. Goldie looks adorable. Love the cupcake picks. What a great idea.

Mel said...

Amen to that! Luke sits and practises his new skills independently a lot, UNLIKE our eldest, who is always reluctant to try something new. Way to go Goldie!

Beverly said...

great post!

Sasha said...

Congrats Goldie!! You are doing awesome. 100 signs is amazing. We just started with signs. Love the cupcake flower idea and pic of Goldie.

SunflowerMom said...

Oh my goodness, what a frustrating remark! Of course Goldie is getting plenty of stimulation and education at home! Hello, you home school, it's not like you'd omit her from learning experiences!

Goldie is thriving and it's because she is in a perfect environment for her.

Kim said...

I can clearly remember feeling like several professionals were raising my child while I sat on the sidelines and watched when we first became aquainted with Early Intervention. And hey, I think it is vital for families who just are not involved, or who feel clueless on how to help their child. But for my family, I have come to realize family life is the most important thing for Charlie. Sounds like you've realized that for Goldie. I am interested in knowing more about how you plan to do homeschooling. We are thinking about homeschooling as well.

BTW, about the potty training. I so kick myself now for not hanging in there with Infant Elimination Communication. We half way tried it with Charlie, but didn't keep plugging along. Next time we have a baby, I am reading my copy of Diaper Free again, and if I want to quit, I will just remind myself what a pain potty training is!

(The more I read you blog, the more I realize our families have a lot of values in common. ;)

Ruby's Mom said...

I enjoyed this.Good post!

Cindy said...

Yes!! I completely agree & loved this post. Thanks for confirming what works wonderfully for our family as well. :)