I know it is not polite to brag. However, when you have a special needs child, bragging tends to come with the territory. Especially when your child's prognosis for neurological status and mental capacity are unknown. Marissa has Agenisis of the Corpus Callosum. This means that the piece of her brain that connects the left and right hemispheres and allows them to communicate is missing some parts. At this time in her life, no one can tell us what, if any, effect this diagnosis will have on her future and her ability to learn. It is a wait and see kind of game.
It is cause for celebration your special needs child reaches a milestone or accomplishes something you as a parent were not sure they would.
Therefore, I choose not to call it bragging. I call it a victory dance. So join me in a little victory dance for Marissa, won't you?
She knows 38 signs now, and even though she might not verbalize correctly, she usually attempts to say the word as she is signing it (when the camera is not on her!) She can say five words clearly.