I decided to start with Reece mostly because she's the easiest to write about right now! She doesn't care what I post/write about her and, in fact, most of the time she asks me if I'm going to post about her to my friends online!
Fourth grade started out amazing for Reece and has continued that way. As hard as last year was for her, this year we are reaping the rewards. She doesn't cry nearly so much in group situations, and she has this strong desire to be involved. I think that's part of the reason she doesn't cry so much - she wants to be involved and she wants people to like her. THANK YOU, RDI!! I find myself wanting to run around and go, "SEE????? It works!!" So many people told me that I was making a mistake by not forcing her to be social when she was little, and by pulling her out of everything last year when she was struggling so much socially. In fact, more than one person told me I was going to make her regress because I was indulging the autism. I can't say that I wasn't afraid they were right. But I prayed about it and I kept falling back on the principles of RDI that assured me that removing her from all the negativity she was experiencing from her 'failures' in social settings would eventually pay off.
She still struggles for the first couple of times in a new activity, but as long as the leaders are patient, she eventually gets the hang of things. And she excels! At Christmas, she attended children's choir at church where she practiced to perform a duet and recite a couple of lines in front of the church one Sunday morning! She also read in front of the church one evening during a special church service!
So there is your update on Miss Reece!! I am enjoying every last minute of this time with her because I know that the hormones are just around the corner! LOL