This summer many of our prayers revolved around Katya's up-coming school year, and especially that the right one-on-one aide would be found for Katya. Tonight we had the pleasure of meeting "Miss Melissa" at Katya's open house!
Not only was she warm and personable, but she is FLUENT IN ASL !!!! Not a novice, not someone limping along and doing so-so . . . but someone who has worked with hearing impaired kids and adults for years!! ;-)
She is excited about working this year with Katya, and we are excited too! I think that Katya will blossom with this increased ability to communicate and learn additional signs in school!
Katya was really cute at the open house. She was a lot more relaxed than last year, and was looking thoughtfully around the room checking out every thing. She also liked being there, and when we asked her if she was ready to go home at one point, she emphatically signed, "School! School!" So we told her OK, we would stay awhile longer. When we next posed the question to her, she was ready to go home then. ;-)
I am hopeful that we are off to a really, really good start for school . . . and am thankful God sent someone who seems so suited to Katya's needs!
Can't wait to see how Katya flourishes this year!