Guest post: Fuller life

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Since the day my daughter was born, I have been in the dark as to who she is.  Always waiting to open this present.
She has been in therapy since 18 months old with little progress which included 3 years of ABA.  Her ability to be consistent was keeping her behind in the program.
I heard of RPM years ago, but dismissed it.  Now that my daughter is 6 yrs. old, I was getting real concerned for her future. Em was screaming at me RPM!!!
I started with reading her age appropriate books and just felt she seemed different.  I also started talking to her as if she understood and she continued to seem different to me.  I then started intensive interaction, similar to Son-Rise, in which I felt progress was being made.  At that point I didn’t know if it is her or just me opening my eyes.
I started RPM with Sammy in a small room just reading and making a statement holding two answers in front of her.  What do you know, she came over and touched one of the choices.  This is a child who screams if you put a demand on her and a questionable higher intelligence besides give me food or TV.
I brought in Lenae Crandall from H.E.E.D (www.heedrpm.com), who came to my house to teach me how to get to the level of spelling. I will admit when Lenae was going through the session with Sammy, I was so weirded out.  Like did this just happen? Did she spell? I don’t believe it.  But looking back at the videos, I saw my daughter wanting to be heard, and spelling.
So I tried it on my own. She went nuts! Screaming and throwing things. Pretty much foaming at the mouth. I was crying everyday, but I still kept going.
I then decide a different strategy, purchased the letter boards and figured her out. She needs to be locked in a booster seat at the table with constant food in her mouth.  She always wants to eat. So I thought give her what she wants and see what happens.  Success at last!
These past two session have improved where I realized she isn’t needing all the apples I cut up during the 25 minutes of the session.  Sammy’s choices aren’t always 100% correct, but the spelling and the choices are getting more accurate.
You feel like such a rock star when you see your kid finally getting it! It has only been about 5 months and she continues to respond to the program.  All we have is time and I am giving her as much as she needs. Essentially, our lives are so much fuller from me just talking about the world to her and reading aloud. I never thought she liked it. Samantha always took books away from me when I read them, probably because she was bored of the same stories.  I get so excited going to the library picking out new books.  I can now go for an hour straight with her staying in the room without her wanting to leave.  I am so excited for what the future holds and to have open communication with my daughter.
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