Thursday, December 1, 2005

Video: Lizzie at 3!

You will see that in less than a year, Lizzie has acquired lots of language and the ability to do things on command - if she wanted! :) We were so proud of how much progress she has made in such a short time.

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Video: Lizzie at 34 months.

You can't see anything on this video, but you can hear how much language Lizzie has acquired. She is now able to answer simple, memorized questions, and she communicates her needs with one word. It was so nice for her to be able to tell us what she needed! This led to less tantrums and a happier family all around.

Friday, April 1, 2005

Video: Lizzie at 27 months old.

This video shows me and Andy trying to get Lizzie's attention and play with her. She is totally unaware of us.
Lizzie constantly seeks input, so this rice tub was the perfect thing for her to immerse her body in. (Thanks Bianca!)

Video: Lizzie at 27 Months

This video was taken soon after we started our intensive ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) program at home. We cleared out the guest room and made as functional of a therapy room as possible. Lizzie needed to be in a small, closed room, so you could keep her from drifting away from you. She had a way of avoiding us.

You will see Christy using something as simple as building blocks with Lizzie to work on her language. Once we started ABA, Lizzie pretty quickly began to be able to repeat words. In this situation, ABA works by withholding something Lizzie wants (the blocks), and then reinforcing with it after Lizzie repeats the word or completes the task.
I am always so impressed how Christy can make a therapy that seemed so mean and cold, so warm and friendly. Christy turned ABA into play, and that made it a lot easier for me to send my little girl into that room.

At the end of the video, you will see Lizzie walk away and begin talking in jibberish to her hands. She did this most of the day when she was not in therapy.

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Video: Lizzie just over 2 years old!

Lizzie jumps up and down and flaps her arms when she gets excited. I remember thinking this was so cute when she was younger. Little did I know that this is a major red flag. It is nice to see her so happy though. Who doesn't love bubbles?!

Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Lizzie was Diagnosed at 2 Years Old

A few days after Lizzie's 2nd birthday, she was diagnosed with moderate autism. We were told with intensive ABA (they recommended 40 hours a week!), speech and OT (occupational therapy) that there was hope for progress, and that she would hopefully move to the more mild end of the spectrum.

People always ask me when I knew something was different, and it is hard to say exactly when. With a family of extroverts, I was excited to finally have what I thought was an introvert. Looking back at her baby album, I see comments that were red flags even as early as 4 months. For example, "It's so cute how Lizzie flaps her arms when she gets excited!" Or at 6 months, "Lizzie sits for hours just paging through books". At 9 months, she would crawl around after Andy, and it was like one day she just stopped looking up. She would run into walls, and we thought it was hilarious. At her 1st birthday party, I remember thinking that I knew she wouldn't enjoy all the people being there. By her 2nd birthday, I had to put a really cool teapot on her cake just to make her sit there for her birthday song. It has been really interesting to me to go back and listen to the unknowing comments that Greg and I made about Lizzie's behavior on the earlier videos.

By 18 months, we started her in speech with ECI (Early Childhood Intervention). We began a more intensive program shortly after she was diagnosed.