we kept up with all his therapies and abc class all summer and by about november he was starting to get a LITTLE more comfortable with abc class. about this time, he was tested once more by an occupational therapist named joy. we added her to our list of therapists. she helped with some of his anxieties and sensory issues. joy was very knowledgeable and was the kind of person who let boston come to her instead of trying too hard. he really appreciates that in a person. :)
during these few months we reached our one year mark with up to three. he finally learning to point and another milestone that happened during this time was he started saying the word "star," his first ever word and not only could he say it, he could find star shapes EVERYWHERE. he was always pointing them out and it felt like a real victory.
but soon he stopped saying star and we couldn't get him to say it again for a loooong time. i have no idea why, only that it's common for kids with autism to "lose" words. but soon after he stopped saying star, he started saying "mama" and let me tell you nothing in the world compared to hearing that for the first time. for a minute we were worried he was going to be nonverbal, because it had been a YEAR of working so hard with him without any words, so when he started saying mama, it was the biggest thrill. ♥
another reason writing boston's story down is necessary: these memories make me so so thankful for how far he's come. i'm so proud of him. ♥ ♥ ♥