A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Friday, January 22, 2010

"Do Not Door"

"Break on through to the other side"
-The Doors

Alright, so I'm picking LB up from school and bundling her up: coat and hat. She starts staring straight ahead. What is she looking at? It's just a door! But it's not just a door. There's a sign on the door. 

"Are you looking at the sign? What does it say?" 

I had no idea she was reading little bits here and there. We came home and I asked her what a few more things said. Yep, she got a bunch of those, too. Not all, but enough to prove her point. I always figured that every word would be a sight word for her. Meaning that, she'd memorize what a word looked like and would associate that with that word; as opposed to sounding out words to learn to read. But, lately I've noticed her sounding out words a bit. I have never worried about whether she would read or not. Hyperlexia was one of our first red flags. I'm sure many of you have heard the story of Little Bird being 2 1/2 and not able to say "mama" or "dada" but upon stopping at a red light next to a gas station, I heard from the back seat, "M-O-B-I-L". And that's when I discovered her first splinter skill (a skill learned out of the normal developmental sequence). 

This reminds me that kids with ASD are such puzzles. We never know what they can or cannot do because they often cannot show us. Well, yesterday my little bird showed me just one more thing that she can and will do. 


Penny said...

Check out the label "wordless books" on my blog for some of the stuff I've realized about reading / hyperlexia.

Penny - notnewtoautism.blogspot.com

My name is Erin. said...

So cool! I so relate to her not saying "Mama" or "Dada" but knowing all her letters. Abby was almost EXACTLY the same way. Abby would identify us as "Mama" and "Daddy" if you pointed to one of us and ask, "Whose this?", but she would never call out our name if she needed us. She would just scream until we came. It took almost 4 years to get her to call out to us without screaming. She still struggles with not frantically calling our names like she's hurt when she really just dropped her book while sitting on the toilet and needs help reaching it. But progress is progress, right?

So happy to hear about Brodie starting to read. Just imagine the world in front of her now! I'm excited for her.

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