"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hands Are Not for Hitting or Pinching

After meeting with the Neuropsychologist today who will be doing assessments on Katya (more on that another blog post, I hope) we stopped at a Barnes and Noble to do a quick pit stop and look for a book. Specifically, another book in the series I blogged about earlier here: http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=6575953623774245321#editor/target=post;postID=8121513234991533904

To my delight, this Barnes and Noble had a whole raft of the books--more than the store where we first discovered the books, and I was able to use the gift card to purchase two more books for Katya--"Hands are Not for Hitting" and "Feet Are Not for Kicking".

So when we got home, I pulled out "Hands are Not for Hitting" and suggested that Kristina read it to Katya as "Hands are not for hitting or pinching" since pinching is currently more of a problem with Katya than hitting is.

Katya was NOT pleased with this book, and made it clear that she was unhappy that she was being subjected to a reading of it. Lots of unhappy fussing, and then . . . she hid the book thoroughly as soon as we weren't looking! After a fairly extensive and fruitless search later in the evening for the new book, I asked Katya to show us where the book about hands was.

She went dancing off acting totally clueless of what we had said, but right as she whirled to dance off, I was pretty sure I got a glimpse of a smirk that indicated some knowledge and understanding of what I was wanting. After each request of ours to show us where the hands book was located at yielded only MORE dancing with her back to us, Dad stepped up to the plate and in his best, "I'm the DAD!" voice told her sternly to show us where the hands book was! Katya stopped dancing, went right over to the bookshelf and dug carefully behind some very large books and . . . Wahoo! Katya pulled out the "Hands are Not for Hitting!" book and gave it to us! Needless to say, she got a lot of thanks and praise for being such a good girl and showing us the book!

Yup, we are all thankful for Katya, even when she is a little bit ornery, and we certainly are thankful that she understood what book we wanted, and what we wanted of her in regards to the book! We think that is soo exciting and cool . . .  and a good indicator of how much her receptive language is improving!
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