Thursday, September 25, 2008

My Baby Can READ!

My little boy can read! Derek and I have thought for some time now he definitely knew some words. Then, his paraprofessional asked me if I thought he could read because she was covering up flashcards with colors on them only letting him see the word and he was telling her what they were. I am so proud.

For a while now, he has been able to spell a few words like cat, dog, and pig. However, yesterday he read ten different words. This was amazing in itself, but on the ones he didn't know, he sounded them out. HE SOUNDED THEM OUT! Just AMAZING! I totally cried.

The words he read while with his favorite Occupational Therapist, Stacy.

I am SO thankful for the teachers and therapists that work with Evan who see how incredibly smart he is and challenge him to learn and reach his fullest potential. Evan has worked so hard in his six little years - much harder than any child should have to work, but I know one thing for sure. Nothing can hold Evan back - not even stinky old autism!

I'm so proud of you, son!

22 comments:

Kelly said...

Evan is SO smart!!!!!! We all knew he was!
There is a couple on "biggest loser" that has an autistic son. He is BEAUTIFUL! It makes me think of you and Derek when they talk about him. You can tell how much they love him. I think God calls VERY SPECIAL people to be the parents of these sweet children. I know you didn't apply for the job - but you should be promoted! :-)

LOVE YOU A GOOGLE... said...

That is so great! That totally made me cry. You are so right, nothing is going to hold Evan back. He can reach any goal he wants, especially with Derek and you behind him! That is so awesome, Leigh Ann! I am so glad that school is going so wonderfully!! He is am amazing little boy with amazing parents. :) Love ya!

ShortOne said...

I have the biggest tears in my eyes. I have known for a very long time that Evan is soooo smart!! I am so happy I have gotten to be a part of his life & watch him grow. I LOVE HIM & your family. I am so happy he is doing so well in school!!!

Jacquie said...

Oh, Leigh Ann, that post made me cry! You are such a sweet, sweet mother. Your children are so blessed to have the love that you have to give. And, I love how you celebrate all their achievements! (I thought about ya'll watching Biggest Loser the other night, too!)

Laura said...

I have tears in my eyes! This is just wonderful news, Leigh Ann! Go Evan!

Meredith said...

Yay for Evan! That is great, Leigh Ann! I am sure you are soo proud!!!

Megan L Hutchings said...

WAY TO GO EVAN!

I can't begin to imagine how proud you are of him. Oh, LAH...this is just GREAT!

I looked at the pic of him in this post and I saw the sweet, gentle spirit of Derek in his eyes ;)!

He is such a smart little boy!

Kara said...

Yeah! Go Evan, I am so excited for him that he is reading! God is so good!
So sorry to read about your ticket. I took the defensive driving videos about 6 years ago for a ticket. You can rent them at Blockbuster and watch at home.
I love EG's bedroom furniture. Cannot wait to see the completed room. Yall have a blessed weekend!
In Christ, Kara - Prov. 3:5-6

Betsy said...

That is soooo exciting!! I am just so thrilled for you. I love watching kids learn to read. It opens up a whole new world for them. Yay Evan!!

Candy said...

Way to go, Evan!!! That is such super exciting news to read! I know you are just so proud, Leigh Ann! Evan is so smart and has such WONDERFUL parents to encourage and love him! :)

The Garners said...

That is WONDERFUL--way to go, E!!!!!!!! I know you guys are so proud of him!!!

Soldier in Training said...

That's awesome! No looking back from here--sounds like he's got it figured out if he sounded out words that he didn't know! Too cool! Love that picture of him...such a handsome little guy!!!

Angela said...

That is wonderful! I know you are incredibly proud. He is such a cutie!

Deidre said...

Yay Evan! I know that melts your heart when you hear your child read. It's music to my ears!! I could listen all day long :)

I'm so thrilled to read he is doing well in school. He looks so happy :)

Melissa said...

Awesome Evan! That is such great news! he will soar now that he can read. You will have to watch out now he will be able to read even the things you do not want him too LOL!
Great, Good Job, Keep it up!!!
My daughter took so long to learn, but it is a life changing moment when you hear them read for the first time.

Heather said...

I love this, Leigh Ann- I am so proud of Evan!! That must be just the best feeling as a parent! I know it has been so hard to watch him struggle, but I love how you stay strong and rely on the love and grace of God to get you through! He is going to continue to bless you and your sweet family, this I KNOW! I pray every day for you and for a cure for stinky old Autism!!!

Scrapper Mom said...

Congratulations to Evan. I know you are very proud and I am sure he is too!!!

I am just getting caught up on my blogs I normally read b/c of the mission trip..I just wanted to tell you the lady I was with got a ticket for going 56 in a 35 right in the middle of Mt. Rushmore National Park!!! I felt so sorry for her, but it happens to the best of us.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

I'm crying too...cause I'm just so happy for you, and so proud of your son. That is so great, Leigh Ann!!!

Melissa said...

Does it not just thrill your soul when they begin to do things that we just pray will come about for them?? Caroline is reading and sounding out too and her OT came to observe in her classroom the other day so we are excited to learn more strategies to help her! YAY FOR EVAN!
Isaiah 54:13 says "All your sons will be taught by the Lord and great will be your children's peace." I pray that everyday for Caroline! He made these kids and He has a plan for them! Claim it sista!!

Rachel Wheat said...

That is so exciting! What a big step and milestone for Evan. I know you guys are just beyond tickled!

Amy (Metz) Walker said...

What a great post! I clicked over from a comment you left on Middle of 11...I'm so glad you are seeing this progress!!!

Audrey said...

What a smart, smart boy!! That is wonderful!!!