You weren’t there at all the doctor’s appointments when they looked at me with so much pity and sadness I almost couldn’t breathe. Their mouths said “She’ll be ok” but their eyes said “Don’t expect much.” I saw it and I felt it but I didn’t believe it for a second.
You weren’t there at all the evaluations by early intervention or therapists where I could tell they thought we were in for a major challenge. Their mouths said “We’ll help you and do as much as we can” but their eyes said “Don’t expect much.” I saw it and felt it but I didn’t believe it for a second.
We didn’t subscribe to the belief that we had to have hours and hours of therapy a week. We haven’t had much at all, actually. We decided it was most important for us to be a family and for you to be a kid. We worked hard with you at home, you worked hard at school, but our number one goal was that you felt like a kid. Not like someone who needed to be pulled and prodded and constantly worked over. Just a kid.
We expected everything from you. It might take longer for you to do things, but we know you’ll do it. We believe in you. We love you. We are amazed by you. Every single day.
Take a look at what she can do:
Olivia counts by fives!
Olivia spells really hard words and types them herself!
Olivia working hard on those O’s. Her hands don’t like to write at all! We’re so happy to see them getting smaller and more precise!
Believe in your child. Treat them the same as you would if they were “typical”. They will amaze you!!