Their version

Thanks for your prayers for Rhema! She is still struggling a lot, but as we’ve come to expect on this journey, even on the hard days there are beautiful moments of progress, hope and love that just take my breath away. I’m so thankful God does that for us. We are blessed!

I almost forgot the many hours of early intervention, OT and ABA therapy in which the goal was to help Rhema clap her hands. She could not imitate the action and when our hands guided hers, her fingers would curl in. It seemed to take much motor planning and coordination to flatten her hands and put them together.

But now there is Pat-a-Cake. (In which Hope takes all credit for teaching)…

Their own special version of non-verbal imitation, rhyme and rhythm, associating gestures and spoken words, social play, joint attention, and miraculous, one of a kind sister-love connection. 🙂

 

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A Good Game

bingo  (or “zingo” in our house) as an interjection or sentence substitute

1. used to acknowledge someone’s sudden understanding or correct response: Bingo! That’s just what I meant!
2. an expression of surprise at a sudden occurrence or the successful completion of something: and bingo! the lights came on

 

 

 

Hope cheated

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Rhema gave her card a sideways glance and had the thing memorized 

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Rhema hoarded the duck pieces

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Hope cheated

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Rhema matched pieces on Hope’s card more than she did her own

(It took so long for her to get the concept, but now she’s got it).

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Hope yelled, “My turn!”

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Rhema repeated, “i tur!”

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Game pieces got thrown under the table

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Rhema dumped all of the pieces off her card and decided to flap it instead 

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But. they. played. 

 

Together!!!