This week is going to be short. I have shown these two videos to my team, but I really wanted to show all of you the difference this program has made in Lucas’ ability and overall desire to interact with those around him.
The first video is an older one. Our daughter was probably 9 months old. However, we really stopped video taping Lucas after this period of time as this is around when Lucas was formally diagnosed with Autism, so there wasn’t much recent material….sort of our grieving time period.
Video 1 is a perfect representation of how Lucas interacted prior to the Son-Rise program. Things to notice in the first video: My daughter, albeit 9 months old, is super-engaged with me and although you won’t see this portion, tries to engage her brother with no success in the beginning. Lucas in this video is completely unaware of me videotaping (even though I call to him) and unaware of his sister as well.
Video 2 was taken a few months ago…about 6 months into the program. We are now on month 9 of Son-Rise. I missed videotaping the very beginning of this interaction between Lucas and his sister, but it is important to note that Lucas walked up, sat down at the table and reached across to touch his sister to begin this interaction. Notice how engaged he is with his sister and how he notices me a few times…..even when I was silent during the video taping.
It’s amazing what this program has done!! He is even more engaged now than he was in this video, but I really wanted to take a moment for you all to see the difference that is so apparent in our son through these two videos. Sorry for my videotaping skills : / Not my strongpoint.