This week Chris had an old HS friend and his wife come and visit (they were checking out the town for a possible offer) and so we had to tour them around for the day. During that time the inevitable came up: "why does Harmon not talk"? And of course I answer he is on the spectrum and has a diagnoses of Sensory Intergration. As always the eyes get big. I think people hear "special needs" or "spectrum" and they think the worse (like Rain Man or something)! For us though it isn't a big deal. I think it is funny b/c to I don't know what having a "normal" toddler is like, all I've ever known is a sweet child who is exuberant, brilliant and doesn't talk a lot. With a little early intervention it is likely he will fully catch up w/other kids his age by grade school.
He is making great progress! You should hear him he can now say "open the case" (from his favorite Deal or No Deal) and a lot of other short phrases. This is amazing b/c 6 months ago he had NO phrases and less than 50 words. He repeats everything I say so I need to watch it. Today I was in the car and I screamed "IDIOTS... fricking IDIOTS" and of course Harmon joyfully parroted me shouting "idiots". I'm so glad I didn't curse (I'm a reformed cusser who falls off the wagon occasionally).
This talking thing isn't convienient. Now that he talks more he tells me what he wants and has learned the art of arguing. "Juice!" and I say "no juice, water!" and he goes "no water, juice!" and this continues for sometimes 20 mins. I miss the days when he just took the water ;)
Everything else is going well. He is a crazy little boy and on top of that he is 2 (today I caught him in the dog kennel w/the poor dog) but I wouldn't want Harmon any other way!