Learning is very challenging for Alyssa. There was not a lot of focus on academics in her earlier years. She was completely non verbal, had zero safety awareness,had behaviors and sensory avoidance and seeking behaviors.
Their was more focus on helping her to communicate, stay safe and getting her to attend to activities.
She didn’t tend to retain a lot of information.
At one time I was told their was no point in teaching her the alphabet. At the time I understood, there was so many other things that were more of a priority.
Now I second guess that decision.
I was told it would be too much information that would be useless to her because she couldn’t process it.
You see I was told she would never speak
She would never understand spoken word.
Does she struggle immensely in this area to this day?
Yes she does, there is no denying that.
I do know she can understand more than I ever imagined. I know she makes connections I wouldn’t of thought possible.
I Thought the only place I would ever hear her voice was my dreams. For so long that remained true and now she speaks.
I know she can recognize words, she can copy and match letters, she knows what many words begin with. I know there is a lot in there that she understands some things I am not aware of.
I was told she would Plateau by a certain age and she would stop learning most likely by age 12.
That she would not be able to follow directions especially more than one step unless she had a visual aide.
She could not comprehend abstract things that she could not see, And yes today that is not her stong suite.
Things like pretend play would just not be possible
I tried to be realistic. I understood but I’m my heart I didn’t believe. I don’t know if that was mothers intuition or wishful thinking.
My daughter is a visual learner. She is still
Learning and gaining and she is in her twenties.
She is a life long learner.
You have to believe in your child and believe in the power of yet.
No one can see the future.
I don’t know if my daughter would of learned more if she were introduced to more. Maybe…Maybe not
I know she can pretend play. She understands a lot. She works so hard everyday.
She doesn’t learn in the typical way but she has learned far more than anyone predicted. It is still a push and pull, I try my best to work with her and teach her. Sometimes it’s successful others not.
She is so smart just had a hard time showing what she knows.
I will never give up. I will try to reach her and help her learn as much as I can.
She is worthy of it and she deserves it.