Yesterday Chloe had her first of several evaluations to ensure she qualifies for special needs preschool.
The person who did the evaluation told me beforehand that it was a hands-on evaluation for Chloe to show what she can do, not for me to tell what she can and can't do. I was fine with that. But the very first activity, it was hard for me not to tell the assessor that Chloe couldn't do it - because I didn't think she could.
There was a baby doll sitting on a chair with a table. Then they put five little toys (a plane, a truck, a cup, a toothbrush, and a block) in front of Chloe and said, "The baby is thirsty. Pick the thing the baby can use to take a drink and put it on the table."
It's not that I think Chloe isn't smart. I know that she IS smart. But I didn't think she could pick the right toy because of her limited motor skills. And I really didn't think she could follow the second set of instructions to then put the toy on the table.
Boy, was I wrong! She reached very intently for that cup. She got it. She put it on the table.
And then she went on surprising me, proving me wrong, and making me BEAM with pride and joy!!!
She picked the toothbrush to clean the baby's mouth after the baby had a drink.
She attempted time after time after time after time to put rings on a peg.
She picked a round shape out of many shapes when she was told to.
She stacked blocks.
She eye-gazed at a picture board and 'selected' the correct answer when asked, "Where is the dog?" "Where is the ball?" etc, etc, etc.
She wasn't done making me proud, though. Later we went to the dentist. Her first visit to the dentist went surprisingly smooth, so I guess I shouldn't have been expecting the worst this time. But c'mon.... she's three. Three-year-olds don't like the dentist, do they?
Well, Chloe does! Every time they said, "Open wide," or "Say awwww," she did it! With a smile! Then she'd always look over at me, like, 'Look, Mom. I'm a big girl!'
I couldn't believe it! I was soooooo proud of her. I'm so excited for her future! I can't wait for her to prove me wrong and exceed expectations time after time.