Monday, January 9, 2012

"Little" Things

Lisa over at Autism Wonderland has come up with the greatest idea. Every Monday, she is encouraging special needs parents to blog about some accomplishment their child has made recently. As special needs parents, we understand that the seemingly "small" accomplishments are not insignificant for our children. A milestone that might seem very mundane to a parent of kids without special needs, is in fact a huge thing for our kids.

I love this idea and am excited to join in Lisa's meme.

This week for us it was that Danny figured out how to ride a bike with no training wheels. And he did this entirely on his own! No pushing his bike and running behind him. No coaching or encouraging or bribing. Nope, my husband just took off the training wheels and all of a sudden, Danny was riding his bike like a pro.

It was a miracle, especially in light of the many motor planning difficulties Danny has struggled with! To put this in perspective for you, Danny was very late in learning how to pedal a Big Wheels bike. It then took him months to be able to steer and pedal at the same time. He finally graduated to a bike with training wheels. Though he is already 8 years old, we assumed it would take many more months and much help and coaching before he could master this skill. After all, so many of Danny's milestones required months of direct instruction from us.

So, what about you? What has your child done recently that has made you grin with pride? Make sure to visit Autism Wonderland, too, to see more posts about these heartwarming accomplishments. Let's celebrate together!


AutismWonderland said...

Thank you so much for linking up!

I loved reading this post. My son will be six and has had the same kind of issues with his big wheel. It took him a really long time to peddle on his own. And even still we have to run behind him - since he likes to purposely crash into things. Reading about your son's progress gives me hope that my son will get it eventually!

Thanks again :)

Sprite's Keeper said...

That's awesome! Congratulations, Danny!!

Alysia said...

Whoo hoo! Go Danny go! And GREAT idea Lisa!

Heather said...

I love this idea! Now I'm gonna have to think :)