An Autism Diary

A day in the life of David Hartley

Kicks, Signs, and Taking It Easy

Today was pretty laid back for us in comparison to how busy we have been lately.  We all got to sleep in a bit, and I was able to get some work done while the boys studied and played on their own.  Then, we all packed up in the car for David’s martial arts class where Joshua made a couple of new friends and David earned a star for doing good deeds. ^_^  Afterwards, I took them to Taco Shop for dinner and we chose our usual back corner table where the boys have a bit more freedom to move around if needed without disturbing anyone.  While there, David decided he wasn’t going to speak anymore and started using sign language.

At first it seemed like he was overwhelmed, then it turned into looking like he was just preferring to use sign at the moment.  Either way, it got in some practice and some refresher/review work for us both so I didn’t mind.  He still depends on sign when he gets too overwhelmed to speak or is encountering something new so I try my best to keep us both as fluent as possible in it.  While signing though, he caught the attention of some boys whose family came in after us and chose the table next to ours.  They watched out of curiosity a lot and afterwards, our two families had a chance to greet each other and the boys and their mom got to learn some signs from David who was pretty excited to share them. ^_^

We’ve ended the day with a quick run to the store and back home for some Octonauts and a small snack while cuddling on the couch together.  It was so nice to be able to have a slow day together for a change. : )

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