One year ago at this time the girls were just starting their therapy for Selective Mutism. We have been going once a week ever since. 88 miles round trip. I get pretty tired of it. At times I would give anything not to go. But then I think back to where we were one year ago.
Then - Our girls would not play in a playland.
Now - They play in a playland and MOST of the time will talk to at least 1 other child. Sometimes the Genius will even get bossy.
Then - Would not make eye contact with strangers.
Now- Will usually make eye contact but still not speak.
Then - Would NEVER speak in front of strangers.
Now - Almost always talks in front of strangers just not to them.
Then - Could not play with the trains in a Barnes and Nobles if there was other kids.
Now - Will play with the trains and will complain (to me at least) if there are not enough trains for them.
Then - Had never spoken to a waiter.
Now - Have actually asked for refills and crackers on their own.
Then - Would make weird looking facial contortions every time they were spoken to in public.
Now- That happens VERY rarely. Maybe 3 times in the past 6 months.
Now- They sometimes "forget" their anxiety and answer a question from a stranger.
Now- They show their ages with their fingers.
So, here's to one year and 4576 miles traveled!