"Break on through to the other side"
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?"
"DO NOT DOOR!"
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.