Magical is a great word to describe this past week for our family. James’ older brother married his high school sweetheart, who is so wonderful and who we love so much, that the wedding was like a little bit of heaven on earth! For James it was particularly special because it was the first significant family event since he started being able to communicate through spelling on the letter board. James was a groomsmen and I venture to say that if he had not started using RPM a year ago his participation in the wedding would have been completely different. Because he is now able to tell us what he is thinking he was fully engaged in the planning and events leading up to the wedding. He was able to walk me up the aisle and stand with his brothers with poise and confidence. He was able to write a toast to the bride and groom that when read out loud brought much joy to everyone as well as a few tears! And he was able to tell us when it all got to be too much and he needed to head home-so much better than behaviors that would have made him and us sad.
We continued our school work during the big wedding week but his teachers kept it flexible due to all the excitement. On Tuesday his SLP asked him what he would like to do and he said creative writing. Here is the magical story that he wrote: