Monday, July 16, 2012
I believe that part of what makes Nova, Nova is that I've never allowed her to "pull inside" herself. As soon as she was diagnosed, my husband, my parents, and myself sat down to discuss some things and we all agreed that we would do everything we could to ensure that she'd not withdraw. It's kind of funny now, looking back. When she was diagnosed at age 2, of course I bawled and of course I was pissed at the world for a while. But when that little girl sat on my lap, I MADE her look me in the eye. I MADE her let me hug her. Now I've got a different set of problems. This kid is SOCIAL. Holy cow. That doesn't mean she doesn't like to play alone or doesn't tell me that she needs alone time. But she LOVES to be around other kids. So now I have to change my focus from keeping her engaged and wanting to be plugged in to others, to teaching her appropriate social skills. She has a lot of problems with tone of voice and being way too bossy!!! So now we just change our focus!!!