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…give us a wave, give us a wave

Posted in Ability, Personal by Matt at WelcometoIllinois on January 15, 2009

It is just possible that we are being an over-eager parents here but we are convinced that G has started waving in the last few days.

He’s always moving so he tends to wave his arms about a lot but in the last couple of days he has responded to being waved at with a look of concentration and what appears to be a deliberate and determined movement of his hand/arm – much slower and more controlled than his normal flailing.

I delayed this post for two days as I had my doubts, and our portage worker was naturally sceptical (and of course G wouldn’t perform his trick when she was here). But yesterday G responded to a three-way full-court press waveathon from me, J and his Mum. Even if he’s just copying, rather than communicating, that’s pretty clever in my book.

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  1. jonashpdx said, on January 15, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I never thought I’d think waving was just about the coolest thing in the world until the boy started to do it. it started by waving to himself in the mirror, and now as soon as you put a coat on to go outside, he waves goodbye. and it’s the best ever.

  2. Illinois Mom said, on January 24, 2009 at 6:22 am

    Congrats…waving is often a baby’s first sign. Don’t forget Signing Times (www.signingtime.com). 8)

    We have been busy in Illinois. Perhaps not coincidentally, during the inauguration of Illinois’ most famous son and the safe relocation of the Obama family, an opportunity to make a vision I have had for the “Down Syndrome Educational Research Institute” reality has been presented. We are having great success with the literacy program, and I want to be able to help parents understand and implement best-in-class educational practices in all areas.

    While part of me struggles with feeling unqualified for and overwhelmed by this mission, the reality is that if I, as a mom and volunteer, can provide a literacy program that is having such amazing results, just think of the limitless possibilities experts could have. Perhaps our role will be to play “chicken and egg” and show the results our students have had to continue serving as “myth busters.”

    Wish us luck. We just have that small little issue of money to work out.

    We are also attempting to do this during a very harsh winter, which just complicates everything. Let’s pretend virtual Illinois has a Bahama-like climate, shall we.


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