SoftThistle Life

Leaps and Bounds

Autism, PhotographyMarylin26 Comments

Max is coming on leaps and bounds the last few weeks, he really is, and I'm so SO proud of my lil man!

Like today, when he brought me a packet of crisps and put them in my hand ('asking' me to open them). I said "say please!" and and... guess what... HE SAID IT!! He said please! I opened them as soon as he said it, gave them to him and did a happy dance, making a huge fuss of him. I'm so filled with joy and happiness when things like this happen. I didn't realise how much I took for granted with Zack until I had Max.


At the weekend we went for a walk to the local visitor's centre for some lunch. He sat there happily the *whole* time (yay for restaurants who have toys for the children to play with, proper toys!), and afterward we went over to the climbing frame for the boys to have a good run around.

I can now let him run off, even a good way away, and as soon as I call him he turns round and runs back to me, grinning with his arms wide open for a cuddle... yaaay! :D

There's a lovely little dog that lives there, she belongs to the garden centre which is right next door. No idea if she has a name, but she is lovely, friendly, and gentle.

Max actually showed some interest in her... actually, a lot of interest. It's the first time he's *really* tried to interact with an animal. Sure he loves watching the quick actions of our little ratty girl Alice, but a dog is much bigger and more imposing.

I was amazed as he giggled every time this dog ran to get the stick we were throwing for her and bringing it back.

Max and a Dog

He even sat down with her and touched her/patted her!

Maybe one day a dog will be a good thing for him after all... mind you, it's not something I'll be looking into *quite* yet, I still have a lot of 'training' to do with Max for now!