Sunday, December 16, 2007

Christmas update 2... Luke


This has been a huge year for our little Luke man. In February he was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and got involved in various therapy classes right off the bat. He turned 3 in March and transitioned smoothly into the programs offered by the School District. We discovered along the way the therapies that were helping him progress and that there were also some regressions. We adjusted accordingly and Luke really started to thrive. In May we started him on a Glutton-free/casine-free diet that we have credit for his largest leaps. I am so thankful we made the efforts to try this diet for Luke... the changes came pretty much right off the bat, its amazing! In September, with the Districts suggestion, we enrolled Luke in to Christ Presbyterian Pre-School. I cant say enough about this choice but that I believe we were led to it. CPP has been a perfect fit. They have a ton of structure and routine. Luke knows what to expect each day and loves it! His teacher, Miss Suzuki, feels like she was hand- picked for Luke and he talks about her all week. In November the head of the District Program came out to observe Luke for 3 days and her report stated that he "was excelling in the environment and did not stand out from any of the other children in any significant way." She told me that Luke just seemed like a different child then he was even a few months ago. I agreed. We still have hard days and hiccups along the road but I am so proud of his journey and all of the hours and hours of hard work he has, and continues, put into it. He does so well with all of the therapies and his super hard diet. He never even bats an eyelash anymore when people around him are eating sweets and other fun things. Luke simply replies..."Im allergic."
Luke is our sweet, funny boy who has become the best helper I know. He loves to clean and always keeps me informed if Ella is doing anything she shouldn't. He is always kind to others and enjoys playing with his cousins and friends. His favorite things to do are going to Disneyland, singing, playing with his Sister, going to Nana's house, having alone time with Daddy and getting dressed in the morning... he loves to look good. He is extremely smart and we are constantly amazed by this near photographic memory.
I love to be around this boy and have been having so much fun bonding with him... especially the last couple of months as he has started to let his personality shine through more. He is a joy  to our Family and to all who know him. I couldn't imagine a better boy for us all, we are so lucky!!!

7 comments:

Tiffany said...

I'm so glad you guys were able to find out what works best for Luke! What good parents he has!

Brad and Vanessa said...

What a cute sweater-vest! I bet Dave loves it on him!!!
Luke is the sweetest boy. I am so glad that he is doing so well.

Kim Harvey said...

I love this little boy so much. I am so proud of the accomplishments he has made over the past year. He is a special little boy and I feel blessed to be his aunt.

Bryn said...

Jill, that was the best little brag session I have read! Luke is sooooo adorable! He sounds like he is such a great big brother among so many other things! You're a great mom!

Bryn said...

Jill, that was the best little brag session I have read! Luke is sooooo adorable! He sounds like he is such a great big brother among so many other things! You're a great mom!

Barbara said...

I am so proud of my grandson and wish I could be there to watch these changes in him. Could he be any more photogenic--good grief, he's sooooo cute.
Give him a hug from his Grammie--Please.

Jenn said...

You are a good mom! I'm glad Luke is doing so well!

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