Blog – little achievements

Isn’t it amazing how much joy you can get from little achievements?  When I say ‘little’ achievements, they may be little or insignificant to someone else – not really something to be celebrated, but to the parent or carer of a child with special needs or unique challenges, they are often a really big deal.

The latest ‘little’ achievement in our house is nose blowing.  My 8 year daughter has finally learnt to blow her nose, not with much force as yet, but it’s blowing all the same.  Now this may not sound very exciting, or much of an achievement, but for her, getting her brain to co-ordinate with her body in a way that will expel air (and pretty gross gooey stuff too) out of her nose is a big deal. 

This is a result of  a LOT of Occupational Therapy, over a period of  nearly 4 years.  Of course OT has not just been about getting her to blow her nose, but it’s one of the things that has been a side product of another objective.  And recently, when she made that first little bit of air come out of her nose, I nearly cried!  She looked at me and smiled,  with a mixture of surprise and pride.  What an achievement!!!

Nose blowing isn’t her greatest achievement by a long shot.  Changing everything in our lives, lots of OT and Speech and hard work at home, have resulted in great things – like holding a pencil and fork,  communication (although we still have a long way to go with that),  looking at someone – these are huge! But Icouldn’t believe how much joy I got from a simple gesture – like blowing a nose.

Most people would find this quite ridiculous I guess – “What’s the big deal? It’s blowing a nose!” . But until you have  had a child (or in my case, 2) who struggles with so much of the everyday stuff that most people take forgranted, you’ll never truly understand how wonderful these ‘little’  achievements can be.

So remember today, (as I’m sure you already do) to take pride and relish in the joy that these little achievements bring you – because you know just much effort has gone into them. I’d love to hear about the ‘little’ achievements of other people’s children too – feel free to send me a message or leave a comment.

Have a wonderful day!

Fiona :)

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2 Responses to “Blog – little achievements”
  1. Kathy says:

    Hi Fiona,

    While I don’t have children, I have a friend with Aspergers and another friend has one child with Aspergers, so I can relate in a small way to your sense of achievement (and amazement)! Keep on celebrating the little wins – one day, they’ll add up into a huge one. :-)

  2. Fiona says:

    Thanks Kathy! I do on a daily basis, and am still amazed at how far they have both come in the last few years. Fiona :)

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