Tuesday, January 22, 2008

She Did It!

Congratulations to Zoe on her graduation from speech and occupational therapy. When she first started therapy Zoe was unable to speak, made little to no eye contact, and had significant delays in her fine and gross motor skills. Eight years later my girl can talk up a storm, rides her bike, performs with a song and dance group, takes piano lessons, and is more present than she ever has been. Sure there are challenges; Zoe has her difficult days--but they are far outweighed by the good, great, and just plain wonderful ones.

This is her first post-therapy week, and Zoe's concerned about the fact that something that has been part of her routine for eight years is no longer there. She even asked for new goals, since the ones set by Miss Amy and Miss Lisa (her therapists) have already been met. That's our girl for you. To commemorate the beginning of a new chapter in her life we threw a party for her this weekend, and what's a party without cake?


Lynn Barry said...

This is huge! CONGRATS to Zoe and the entire family for your love and support and commitment to helping ZOE be all she can be.
BRAVO! It's a beautiful thing...HUGS

J said...

That is just so amazing and inspiring! Congrats to Zoe. May I ask at what age she started ST?

the veggie paparazzo said...


She's beautiful, too--and she looks so much like you!

Flamenco Mom said...

Lynn, thank you for your kindness. While I must say that it has been a team effort, Zoe is the hardest working kid I have ever known. I really admire her spirit and determination.

J, thank you. It's great to hear from you. Zoe started ST at about 2 1/2. We knew something was amiss with her speech--she seemed to have it (albeit limited), then at about 18 months (give or take a month or two) what little speech she had just went away.

Thanks, VP. We do have some similarities, though to me she looks much more like my husband, particularly around the eyes.

GFCF Mommy said...

Congratulations to you all! Way to go Zoe and her team!

Lots of hugs,

Attila The Mom said...

Woohooo! What wonderful news!

MillionaireMama said...

Congrats to Zoe! She is absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait for the day my little guy graduates from OT and ST. Good luck on her new goals.

Babiebluz said...

A huge milestone, way to go Zoe! I hope that you feel proud!

I teach children with autism, just curious to know, where these the only two therapies Zoe had as interevention?

Flamenco Mom said...

Thanks so much for the visiting, and for your enthusiastic support. We've actually tried a number of different therapies with Zoe; some have worked better than others. But we keep plugging along in the hopes of helping Zoe reach her fullest potential.