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First Drawing

Bilal as Cowboy


Yesterday was Bilal’s annual re-evaluation for private OT, his therapist said he did so well and so much better than from the initial evaluation, while she was telling me about how well he did she started explaining this drawing, I interrupted her and asked “He drew this?” “By himself” she said yes and went on to explain that he didn’t attach his arms or feet to the drawing which indicates that he is unaware of his body in relation to space and blah blah blah OT technical talk that I don’t really understand but pretend I do lol. I was more proud of the fact that he can actually draw something that really resembles a boy, face, eyes, ears, mouth, body its prefect, I don’t really believe all that space continuum talk, he’s not even 5 and this is the first drawing I’ve seen him do, of course he doesn’t know how to attach his arms to the body. Bilal says its him as a cowboy, and he’s winking 😉 I have it pinned up on the fridge and his dad and I are really proud and impressed. I wanted to know more about the drawing than his evaluation, like did he totally draw this on his own, or did she draw one and told him to draw his own, or did she keep prompting him, now draw a head, with eyes, and a mouth or did she just say draw yourself and he took it from there. I’ll make sure to ask her next week, didn’t seem right to interrupt all her technical and important diagnosis to ask about a child’s scribble. lol


What do you think?


Progress Update

This post is way overdue and I really have no excuse, part busy and mainly part lazy. It’s been a little bit over a year since we got our US official diagnosis, a year of school and private therapy and activities. What a year its been! Its been busy but a good busy, yes I’m driving around pick up from school go to a therapy pick up baby bro from daycare get home and repeat all over again the next day, but so worth it alhamdullah. A week after school let out we had a follow up visit with his developmental pediatrician, she did a re-eval and he scored at the developmental age of 4 years 1 month (he was 4 years 8 months old at the time) a gap of only 7 months, she was really impressed and told me to continue what I was doing whatever it was and come back for another re-eval 9 months later in Feb. I was so happy and proud of Bilal in only 9 months of school and therapy he has grown almost 2 years developmentally, when we went in for that initial eval he was almost 4 but developmentally at the age of 2. I don’t know what it is that really made a difference, prayer mainly,  he was going to school everyday, private speech, OT, and PT, therapeutic riding, hippo-therapy  music therapy, adapted swimming, myofunctional therapy, adapted piano, adapted summer sports camp, a couple sessions of feeding, was it a particular thing or all of those put together that helped Bilal communicate and grow so much I will never really be able to pinpoint it. Also his younger brother is growing up and developing well and he has a constant playmate that might teach him things. Since we started school and therapy Bilal has turned into a totally different kid, no more tantrums or headbanging, he’s speaking in sentences, answering questions, started asking questions, he’s finally made progress with holding a pencil and writing, he states his feelings and opinions, he rarely gives me any trouble (unlike his little bro, pre-terrible twos). The really autistic behavior that still stands out I guess would be occasional toe walking, pacing when really bored, sometimes he’s locked in his own world when playing or concentrating on something, incorrect social interactions, eye contact avoidance, and picky eating. His pronunciation has improved greatly but still no L or R both are Y or W sounding but he’s working on it and its getting better.  I’m excited about what this new school year and therapies will bring for Bilal’s continued progress. I need to write another post soon about how he’s been doing these past 3 weeks since school as started again, I’ll try to write that one real soon. 

Just asking anyone who reads this to remember Bilal in your prayers and pray for continued growth and progress. Thank you.

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