In youth one night this past semester, we had the kids doing a writing assignment of some kind. I don't even remember what it was now. Wanting to feel like he was a part of what they were doing, Jerry grabbed paper and a pencil and started writing. He wrote his name, he copied the title of the book we had been studying all year, and then he wrote Jesus. I didn't think anything of it until I read it all together later that evening. It looked like a letter from Jesus to Jerry. "Jerry Bertic, Do Hard Things. Jesus"
And so he has. With the end of the school year, I can finally share some achievements with everyone. Here is what Jerry's writing looked like at the start of this past school year:
Here is what it looked like at the end:
Here is his math from the beginning of this year. The wrinkles and rips are evidence of his frustration.
Here is his most recent math worksheet:
He also finished his interactive metronome therapy this past week and his final assessment showed a remarkable improvement since his initial assessment. During the IM therapy, the OT specialist worked on Jerry memorizing his phone number and his address. He did both, quite well too. He can tell you them from memory and put visuals of them in order when placed in front of him.
Behaviorally speaking, here are the stats of his days this past year compared to last:
Gold Silver Bronze
Last Year 73 31 48
This Year 109 17 15
We are so proud of all of the progress he made despite his health issues. He had an INCREDIBLE teacher, who loved him, challenged him, encouraged him, and believed in him. She made such a difference.
And it doesn't look like Jerry is done doing hard things either. We made goals in youth group several weeks back and here is what Jerry wants to accomplish:
You go little man, you go.
I am a Christian. I am a wife. I am a mom. I am an author. In that order.