Monday, November 4, 2013

Break Through

Did he really just say that?

I ask myself this question frequently throughout our days now. "Did he really just SAY that?" During the 30 minute conversation that I had with Jonah after picking him up from school tonight, I asked myself that question at least 60 times. 

That's right, folks! I'm having 30 minute conversations with my son! 

Just so you know, these are not just casual conversations where I ask him questions about his day, and he gives me short quick answers. These are conversations where I ask my son what happened at school today, and then I can't get a word in edgewise for at least the next 30 minutes. I just sit there laughing at how amazing all the little details are becoming. 

He's telling me stuff that his friends say, who made good choices and bad choices, who he went to PE with. These are all details that have been emerging in his evening dialogue with me for the past several months now. The dialogue started small. I would ask him if he had a good day, and he would only answer with a "yes" or "no". 

Tonight when we walked through the door, Jonah stopped to check out a couple of his school projects on the table, and said "Whoa. It's my jack o lantern. I made it at school. Mommy, mommy. Look mommy. And it's a bat. Oh man! Where's my spider? I made a spider. I must have left it at school." 

He no longer refers to himself in third person as of about a month ago. He's using "I", "me", "my", "mine" appropriately.  Huge step in intelligible speech.

There is still difficulty in understanding some of his speech. Still some mispronunciation. Still some difficulty in building sentence structure. I couldn't give a shit about all that because my son is finally talking to me.

My Jonah is talking to me. Not at me, but to me. With me.

I can think back to a time not so long ago, When Jonah was almost 3. He said "Wow" at some bubbles during an ABA session. I thought to myself then "Did he really just say that?" That was exciting. 

As Jonah got older, he learned how to ask for things he wanted like milk. This is how it went down most of the time:
  1. He would just come up behind me and squawk or grunt. 
  2. When I would ask him what he wanted, he would answer quickly "milk." 
  3. I would have to say "Then, how do you ask?"
  4. Sometimes he would begin whining or grunting in an attempt not to have to say it, but I would push him until he asked...
  5. "I want milk, please?"
And, I would think, "Wow. Did he really just say that?" I was grateful for any words that came from his mouth. But there was no Jonah behind the words that he was trained to say, or the answers he was trained to give. His expression was always shining through in his cute mannerisms, looks, gestures, dancing, singing, vocal stimming, but not a lot of expression in his words until a couple years ago. 

A couple years ago, I was so convinced in the improvements I noticed in Jonah's behavior just by making organic & unprocessed foods a priority in our diets, that I dove head first into CEASE therapy.  I'm sure most friends thought I was losing my mind. Here we are over two years later, all of the hard work is paying off. Every day, I think "If he doesn't get better than this, I'm happy." But every day just keeps getting better. 

 

6 comments:

  1. Maria, it's Julie, from high school...decades ago...you have to know that I've been reading about your Jonah for awhile now and I share your information and Jonah's progress with anyone who will listen. I work with a lot of kids and a lot of parents and I feel like if I can help you get this information out, if it helps just one other kid, then it's totally worth it. I think about you often and respect you so much for what you are doing for your son.
    I also think back to the jackass nurse who argued with me when I told her I was going to break up the vaccine cocktail she wanted to give my son 8 years ago. She made me feel like an idiot and that I was making my son go through so many more needle pokes than necessary...but you are right. She didn't know...I didn't really know...but I figured back then, why take the chance? I look back and am thankful I made that decision but I still get really pissed about that nurse and the medical field in general. Thank you so much for all the information...take care of yourself - Julie

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    1. Thanks, Julie! So nice to hear from you. I am so touched by your support.

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  2. What is CEASE therapy? Do you also purify your home water? I read Autism Pieces and that has me thinking at a whole new level. Good luck and many more blessings

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    1. Hi Lauren,
      My apologies for the delay in responding to your comment. CEASE therapy stands for Complete Elimination of Autism Spectrum Expression. It is a homeopathic therapy. We have been treating for vaccine injury, so far completing treatments for the Hep A, DTaP and Hib vaccines. I do have a water filter on my faucet (the PUR filter) for all the good that might do. Do you have a child with autism? I am not familiar with Autism Pieces, but anything that has you thinking in a different light is probably a good thing. Best of luck to you.

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  3. Hi, please I've been reading a lot about homeopathy lately. My sweetheart of a son is 13 yol and has come a long way on biomed and therapy but not without struggle. I BELIEVE he can do a whole lot better. Do you have a CEASE provider that you recommend?? Please share

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  4. Hello, what is the current status? You stopped writing on 2013. We are also applying CEASE Therapy for the last year 2016. Our son improves very good.
    I wonder, if you managed to cure your child completely?

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