I will let the video speak for itself...
(make sure your volume is turned up!)
I am so full of joy! I feel like I am walking on air. :) For those of you who know Joel or read my post "When Your Child Can't Talk", you know what a surprise this was and how much it means to us.
The amazing woman you hear in the video is one of Joel's ABA therapists (the one I call "K"). We have been working on teaching Joel to talk in ABA, with excellent progress, but he is still needing a lot of prompting. We had not been trying to teach him to count. That still seemed a ways off. We have, however, used counting to ten several times in the last few weeks for taking a "break" when Joel has not cooperated with what he was told to do, or told not to do. He occasionally repeated the numbers with slight interest, so you can imagine how shocked we were today when he took the lead in counting! Our jaws were hanging on the ground! I had tears in my eyes as I listened to him count over and over, every time he ran off the playground into the planter. I am so thankful that K suggested to take video so Joel's other therapists would believe us. I was able to show the video to Isaac (Joel's daddy) when he got home from work and my heart swelled as I watched him get tears in his eyes. I love that I will be able to watch it over and over, but even better, I love that I can walk into the back yard right now and sit Joel down and count with him. :) I can't stop grinning from ear to ear. Tonight it's time to celebrate!