“From the day Liam was born, I don’t know anyone who has worked harder learning. His very first meal Liam strained to take the colostrum. Tummy time was a struggle and walking was even more. Scooting on his rear was a great way to travel for some time.
Good thing Liam was also born with light-spirited demeanor. He is observant, curious and motivated to learn at his own pace, while somehow still managing to keep smiling and giggling and spreading joy to all he meets.
We have never stopped learning along with him. When we finally thought we were starting to understand Down syndrome, Liam was also diagnosed with Autism. Its been 4 years and much is a mystery, but some things are starting to make sense.
Autism opened a whole new unwritten chapter for us. Teaching Liam is not something you find in a book. All the rules for teaching and learning are different and something learned one day can quickly be gone until a week later. Just recently the pieces of the Liam learning puzzle are starting to connect. It is definitely more challenging because he has to work even harder but yet he always continues to surprise us.
During this pandemic I’ve learned so much about him especially the way he learns things. I am amazed how well he navigates his AAC device and I actually learned how to use it from him. He has figured out how to drag and click objects to complete the goal work on the Chromebook screen within 2 weeks of E-learning (I didn’t even know that the laptop screen was a touch screen!).
We believe that Liam will continue learning and surprising us. Along with the wonderful community we have found, we will be there to support, encourage and love him as we will continue to grow together!”
-written by mom, Lussyana