Yesterday, I was exhilarated! I managed to have a smooth ‘error-free’ conversation with my son. I know for many, this is nothing. But for a parent with a child who have problems with social interaction and communication, this is heaven!
Here’s how the conversation went:
(Recognising that it’s my son)
Mummy: Hullo C, it’s mummy here. What are you doing?
Hullo mummy. I am doing writing.
Mummy: Ooohhh… you’re doing writing?
Yes mummy, I’m doing writing. I’ll speak to you later.
Mummy: No C, can you pass the phone to aunty?
(C shouting out loud)
Aunty!!!! Aunty!!! Aunty it’s mummy!
Mummy: Aunty is not there?
Yah. Aunty in the room. Okay mummy.
Mummy: Can you ask aunty to call mummy later? I will pick you up in ten minutes time?
I am doing writing. I cannot go home yet.
(Recognising he did not absorb my first question.)
Mummy: Can you ask Aunty to call mummy when she is out?
Mummy: See you later.
I’ll see you later.
Later on, Aunty did call me back and I verified with her whether C was really writing. He was! Oh my goodness. You cannot imagine the joy in me. It’s the first time our conversation did not go off into C reciting some scripts from his storybooks or cartoon.
Although the conversation was less than 3 minutes. The perpetual smile on my face seemed to have lasted for 3 hours and even as I went to bed yesterday, the thought about the conversation left a huge smile on my face as I drifted off to la-la-land.
Parents, do not lose hope. Let even the tiniest milestone be a celebration of a lifetime in our hearts and mind.