At our date day last weekend, mychi and I reflected on how far we’ve come. From Collin being non verbal to now telling imaginative stories, we have seen him grow and transform.

How did this look before? For example, after 6 month of therapy he was still not very verbal but making great progress. He started with about 3 requests (otherwise known as “mands” after mandates) an hour, like “Baba, I want this!” or “Help me, baba.” Within 6 months, he got to 10 requests an hour, which was such a major improvement! Then we find out that most neurotypical children of 2.5 years have 120 requests or mands an hour. Whoa. They make about 2 requests a second, basically constantly talking and making requests….