Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Final "First Steps"..

Trey doing a matching game during OT
(Trey is 2 years 11 months)

We are down to just a few more visits to our home from First Steps.  During his OT visit today, I celebrated how far he has come.. and didn't dwell on how far he has yet to go.

 First Steps is Missouri’s Early Intervention system for infants and toddlers, birth to age 3, who have delayed development or diagnosed conditions that are associated with developmental disabilities.

First Steps has provided Trey with Occupational Therapy 1-2 times every week and Speech Therapy once a week since February of this year.   I looked back and realized the growth and progress Trey has made during this visit today.

During the past six months, Trey has less meltdowns and more words.  He is communicating better with us which means he isn't as frustrated.  He went from speaking zero words to now asking for what he wants by either signing or speaking the word "more".
Trey matches by reading the words.. not by matching pictures :)

Just six months ago, he made zero eye contact and never responded to his name being called.  Now he will follow simple directions every now and then.  To us, this is huge!

He has developed a passion for letters and numbers.. known as Hyperlexia.. that completely amazes us everyday!  He began with recognizing letters and numbers.  He then began putting them in alphabetical and numerical order.  Now he can spell up to 8 letter words and is beginning to read.
Trey listening so well and sitting down for Miss Amanda.. his OT!!

Trey has come a long way and we are so proud of him!  He has about a month left with First Steps.  This time next month we will not only be celebrating his 3rd birthday, but also preparing ourselves for Trey's next chapter... PRESCHOOL!!!

I love this video of him playing a matching game with Miss Amanda during his OT session!!

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