Now that Elijah is on Level 4 in the behavior program he is having a little homework at night. Mostly studying spelling words and also reading a book. This past week he hada book about a little boy who only had one arm. His other arm was missing at birth and he had a stump for an upper arm. No elbow or anything past that. I apologize if I am not politically correct.
In the book it discusses how he got a prosthetic arm and hand. It also showed how he made friends and that people asked about his prosthetic arm. I compared it to Elijah's cochlear implants and how they are prosthetic ears! It took 3 nights to read the entire book and he did a great job. His fluency is amazing. He never quite pronounced prosthetic correclty, but he did try several times when I corrected him.
Well, we always watch the news at night and of course Haiti is covered nightly. Elijah watches while he plays and sometimes he makes comments or I make comments. He was very interested when they showed a little boy what had to have his arm amputated due to a crush injury. The news showed him with a bandaged stump. Elijah looked right at me and said, "mom he needs a prottettic." Now he didn't say prosthetic correclty but HE USED THE WORD and used it correctly. He didn't say fake arm or a new arm. He used the word prosthetic!
Elijah amazes me daily with the words he uses and clauses....mom WHEN we are done shopping, can I play the Wii?
Now we still have some behaivior to work on, but I take pride in whatever I can!
THE SHADDOX BOYS
Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. Jacob is 21 years old and just moved into an apartment with his girlfriend. He graduated from a technical college with an Associate's degree in Computer Maintenance. He works for a school district as a computer technician. Elijah is almost 18 years old. He is hearing impaired, has Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD. He is a junior in high school. Elijah lives with his mom Mary and her wife, his stepmom. Mary has a bachelor's in deaf education and a masters in special education, and is an educational diagnostician. Life is always changing and this blog has chronicled many of these changes and will continue to do so!