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Archive for April, 2011

The Outer Limits

Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.
Mae Jemison, astronaut

Kate’s therapist, Amanda, has been working with markers and crayons with Kate for several months now.  Kate is very disinterested in writing or coloring.  She loves music and she enjoys typing on a keyboard, but somehow, she has not acquired an interest in writing or coloring.  I always believed that Kate just did not understand how wonderful coloring can be.  I don’t think she has made the connection between  having an idea in mind and watching it take shape through coloring.  

Amanda has been working on ideas that Kate enjoys such as animals and asking her to draw one.  One day Kate wrote the word FARM when asked to draw an animal!  I’m going to frame it!  I did not know she had the capacity to write.

On Friday night, I took out a blank birthday card for Amanda.  I handed Kate a red marker and told her it was a birthday card for Amanda.  She stared blankly at me and the card.  I asked Kate to write her name.  She studied the point on the marker for a moment and suddenly began to write her name unassisted!

K -A- T- E.-…Next, I asked her little sister to write her name on the card too.  She did, and she also drew a picture of herself wearing pigtails.  How precious.  I gave it to Amanda.  The look Amanda had on her face when she opened it was worth a thousand words.  Amanda consistently pushes Kate’s limits and she has stretched my imagination as to what Kate can accomplish.

Thanks to all the therapists that push the boundaries and encourage our kids to blossom!  Where would we be without you?  ( HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMANDA)