Despite Ellie's mockery yesterday, I think all of our regular readers know that we love our early intervention team. I tell people who have kids with disabilities to move to my neighborhood. I love early intervention.
My honest belief is that Ellie is able to communicate, move, and play the way she can because of our team.
Ellie had her "every 6 month" IFSP review last week. For those unfamiliar with the special education process, an IFSP is a document that guides family centered early intervention services for the under-3 crowd. As usual, while her case manager and I were chatting, Ellie was demonstrating her, "I hear what you're saying, but I have other ideas" skills.
Translation: "Ellie, give Mama the shoe. Shoe to Mama," resulted in "I'll be leaving with this shoe now."
(Note: I try to make requests twice, once using the language I would typically use, and once using a simplified version to make sure Ellie understands. She made her understanding clear by looking at the shoe, and me, but then taking off the other direction.)
Ms. Linda reminded me that the fortitude Ellie demonstrates while blatantly disregarding requests/commands/rules is the same fortitude she demonstrated while recovering from her two major surgeries.
Linda called it "fortitude." I called it other things.
Now that Ellie is healthy, she's using her determination for other means.
And of course, removing all the books from the bookshelf.
You win some, you lose some.