Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. They live with their mom, Mary, who is the writer of this blog. Jacob is 19 and is now four inches taller than his mom! He also has ADHD and gorgeous red hair. He is a freshman at a technical college studying computer maintenance. Elijah is 15! He is in 9th grade and he is not in ROTC at his high school. He also had red hair, but it is lighter and not as thick as his brother's hair. He is hearing impaired(auditory neuropathy) and wears two cochlear implants. He also has tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD and anxiety! Mary just started her 25th year as a teacher of the deaf. She is also in her last semester of graduate school to be a diagnostician! She will graduate in December of 2015!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

More progress!

I wrote about the small victory on Thursday for Elijah. Well we have had two more good days. Last night, I took Elijah to an ASL(American Sign Language) chat at a coffee shot about 30 min from us. My friend teaches ASL at a high school in the area and she has started a deaf chat night once a month. Elijah played very well with my friends three girls and overall acted like any other typical boy! He was a bit mischiveous but nothing horrible. When I counted backwards from three, no voice, only using my fingers to count, he would stop what he was doing and come to me! That is a huge step for him!

Today my sister-in-law, brother and niece met us at Chik-Fil-A(however you spell that) and the kids played in the indoor play area. At one point I see a woman speaking to Tabitha looking out the window. I figure the woman was asking Tabitha who Elijah's mom was. I went over and sure enough Elijah was being a little rough with some of the kids. I explained his issues to the woman, who was very nice, and asked Elijah to come down. We talked about his behavior and I told him it was time to go back to the table to eat some more. He left with me for the table and sat and ate his lunch. We talked some more about how he was supposed to behave when in a play area. After sitting for a bit, I let him go back to play. He did fine and no more issues. Now him just being able to leave with me to go back to the table with NO arguing is a huge milestone for him. It usually becomes a battle and becomes unpleasant. I did praise him later for how he handled leaving the play area and reviewed why he had to leave the play area.

He is defiintely making progress. They may be baby steps but he is moving forward.

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