|Class photo after Special Olympics event|
Emma finished her first year of preschool with a bang! The last month or two of school when I would go to pick her up I would hear glowing reports from her teachers and therapists. They loved telling me all the great things she was doing in school! Using a switch to access and play computer games- check. Picking the body parts requested when playing with Mr. Potato Head - check. Choosing items that were the SAME or DIFFERENT when asked to pick a matching item from a field of two - check. Pulling markers out of the holder to participate in crafts - check. Attempting to move her arms with the songs in circle time - check. Using the crawler to scoot all over the place during motor group fun - check. Taking a couple of steps in the walker - check. Participating in group activities with her peers instead of just watching everything - check. Eating her lunch at school with the 20 other children instead of refusing food so she could just watch the kids and wait until we got home to decided to eat - check.
|Max reading to Emma. Max told the teachers to leave her on his shoulder when they wanted to move her.|
The list of good things Emma was doing by the end of the school year just goes on and on. This is a huge change from most of the rest of the year when Emma would actively not participate with her teachers/therapists because she was too busy looking at all the kids. Watching every movement, getting distracted by anything at all that was NOT what the teachers wanted her to focus on. Oh, Emma loved school - circle time, centers, snack; she just didn't want to participate in anything with the teachers/therapists - she only wanted to be with her peer and watch them and smile at them and have them bring her toys to play with while she ignored the adults.
|Emma playing with Theo during "beach" week|
|Julia participated in Special Olympics, too.|
|Harrison asked for a photo with Emma. He always looked out for her and wanted to make sure she was happy.|