My sweet Jojo is turning 5 in about 12 hours. I am so proud of all he has worked so hard to accomplish this past year. From learning how to master puzzles, use a fork, and even saying words!!!
Just recently we started using a speech system called Gemiini, it uses DVM (descrete video modeling) it basically is a series of video clips using peer modeling speech. I LOVE it, the first day we showed it to jojo was by me reading an email from my awesome neighbor who suggested I check it out, well I clicked on the link and a DVM started playing and a lil boy was saying CAT and guess what, Jojo calmly says, "cat"! I was sold, I contacted the company and we started the next day. Jojo is so blessed with people all around him looking for ways to help.
Jojo definitely does things on his own time line, and while he might not be doing what typical 5 yr olds do, each and every seemingly little thing he does means So much. A simple smile can melt my heart, a completed therapy session is amazing, and nowadays a stop at a store or drive thru without a meltdown is like the best thing ever!
I remember the day he was diagnosed like it was yesterday, the words the Doctor used and how negative he was,well doc, sorry but my boy proved ya wrong. Jojo has the best team ever ready to help him do even more.
Here's to another year full of amazing twists and turns with the occasional meltdown...bring it cause Team Jojo is ready more than ever before.