This is the face of a happy little boy. He is happy because he is getting to watch Baby Babble 2 for the second time today. This is not a typical occurrence. Evan watches one or two things a day, normally part of a Sesame Street and either one of the two Baby Babble dvds. But this was a a second watching in the span of about two hours.
Why, you ask?
Evan pointed today. He used his index finger to indicate his needs. He did it twice. Once to show he wanted more of a snack, and once to indicate he wanted me to play the Baby Babble dvd. Pointing is something that comes naturally for children without disabilities. In fact, it typically comes before talking. With Williams Syndrome it is quite the opposite. We model for him all the time but I haven’t expected a point from him for quite some time. In fact, Dr. Mervis indicated that he might never be a pointer.
So today, when he cruised all around the entertainment center, dropping books onto the floor, and repeatedly saying, “m-ay, m-ay,” I knew he was trying to tell me something. He then walked a few independent steps over to me and said it again and again. I walked over to the TV area to see if I could figure out what toy he wanted. He leaned and reached his arm out to the TV and clearly extended his index finger and said it over and over. Then I knew. I have been saying “play” when I turn on a dvd for him and that is what he was saying and what he was showing me. Warmth spread throughout my whole body and I had to sit down with him because the tears came right away.
And of course, even though he clearly did not need another viewing of this stellar programming, I turned it on for him and took some pictures of his contented little face.
Moments like this are what it is all about. A point, and a “m-ay”
|Ahhh, just what I wanted, Mom.|