A favorite tradition is conducting birthday interviews with the kids! Their birthday is on February 23rd, but since we have so many of them (hehe!) we have to start interview a couple of weeks early to get through everyone.
Caleb is our oldest by a whole minute, so he is first up! As I was asking the interview questions this afternoon, I was so grateful again for all of the progress he has made since last summer. When we did his 4th birthday interviews, he couldn't verbalize all of his answers, so I filled in a lot of them. This year, he had no trouble answering all of them, and was actually delighted to be able to participate! Anyone with a kid with special needs knows how important these small, but significant moments are in the journey to helping them succeed in life!
Caleb SeanCaleb is so focused and rather obstinate at times. We are still helping him learn to use words over actions to express frustration, and how to cope with sensory overload using tools that he's been given. We are delighted every time we see his brain unlock a little more, and we are convinced that he has picked up on more academics than he lets on! Amazing progress for our little guy with autism!
How old are you? "Five" (Almost buddy. Just a couple more weeks!)
What makes you happy? "Caleb and birthday cake!" (I'm assuming he means Caleb eating birthday cake!)
What is your favorite animal? "Lion!!" (He was very definitely about the lion, but he came back about 10 minutes later and said, "My favorite animal is DOGGY!" His lovey is a doggy, so I'm thinking that swayed his opinion when he saw it.)
What is your favorite color? "Red" (really? Red?) "Red!!"
What is your favorite thing to eat? "Cake! Birthday Cake!" (the kids can't think about anything else right now!)
What is your least favorite thing to eat? "McDonalds" (I phrased the question as, "what do you NOT like to eat? What is yucky?" We've told them that McDonalds is yucky to get out of going there, but he very much likes it actually. I couldn't get him to come up with something he truly disliked at that point though.)
What is your favorite thing to do? "Watch a show and play with some toys."
What is your favorite TV show? "Mario!" (Yep, the 1989 version of Super Mario Bros on Netflix. Sean gets the credit for introducing that show.)
What is your favorite movie? "Hello Kitty and Between the Lions" (He may have been slightly influenced in his first answer by the Hello Kitty coloring book that Ellie left sitting right next to him.)
What are you really good at? "Circus....and good at school" (We've been working on how he expresses himself at school, so he gets high praise for obedience and listening to his teacher. Which translates to that he was good at school. He has been doing really well over the last few weeks, so I think it's working!)
What is your favorite song? "We Will Rock You" (by Queen)
What do you and your mom do together? "We help together"
What do you and your dad do together? "Daddy helps Legos get better" (um....maybe this means that Daddy helps them fix the Legos so that they look like a building again?)
What is your favorite book? "Dinosaur and Friends"
What is your favorite toy? "Transformers"
What do you want to be when you grow up? "CAPTAIN HOOK!!" He is absolutely convinced that he wants to grow up to be Captain Hook! LOL!
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