Last Friday Emmett and Charlotte headed out to spend the afternoon with Grandma Lynn, as usual. She dropped them off after dinner slightly dirtier and exhausted as usual. The difference? Emmett came up to me, shoved a Halloween flashlight in my face and said BOO! BOO! A word! A real word, used in context and said spontaneously, not randomly. This is huge. This means one more neural pathway is complete and we are one step closer to having a conversation with words, not hand gestures.
He is making so much progress with therapy and his preschool. I am just so proud of him.
His teachers at school had a session with one of our therapists. It turns out Emmett wasn't working as hard with the teachers as he does with the therapist. It is very normal that he tries to get away with doing as little as possible if he can. Emmett is very charming and has a winning smile that gets him out of many things. (Not so much at home, mind you--I have become immune to the megawatt grin.) The therapist has changed that--really told the teachers what he is capable of and how to get it out of him.
I am expecting grand things to happen now.