Right now, however, I am seeing positive changes in Little Turtle, and I'm excited to share. These changes are small. I have no idea what this means for our future, and in some ways, that creates even more anxiety for me. Nonetheless, she is showing signs of better self-regulation. For at least two months, she has stayed in the room for family therapy without becoming aggressive. She has gone a month without restraint. This is movement in the right direction! I am thankful for that.
Little Turtle continues to be an avid reader, but finding books appropriate for her has been a real challenge! That is a story I should blog about it sometime.
Today, I'd like to tell you about an idea I had in the last couple of weeks. I picked up and read, "I Am Malala." Love it! Inside, I underlined some passages and wrote some questions to Little Turtle. Now it's on the way to her. Really hoping she'll be open to reading something that is not filled with psychopathy and gore. I'm also hoping she'll be willing to talk about the book with me on the phone. Trying to keep my expectations low but also open to possibilities. If nothing else, maybe it will plant a seed here or there. And if it works, maybe we have a new way of connecting over the long distance. I'll keep you posted!
For now, check out the passages I underlined...