One Step Closer

I didn’t realize 2 years ago that Josh’s journey toward physical fitness would lead him to attaining a voice.

Once again, my expectations have fallen far short of the reality. I think Josh has more vision right now than I ever dreamed of. I will never know why God puts people in our lives at the right time, and for the right reasons but Abbey came into Josh’s life at the very time she was needed.

I’ve seen Josh go after goals before but never with the attitude, and determination, that he’s displaying now. He’s driven; when some move is hard, he gets this look on his face and lets out a primal bellow, and accomplishes whatever he’s going after. There is a fierce spirit moving in him right now.

When Josh sat in front of the Tobii, and the calibration started, he was half way through the entire calibration before the speech therapist ever finished her explanation. He understood what the machine wanted. His eyes were flicking over the screen like he’d done it always.

The only thing holding us up now is red tape. The papers are signed. We’re waiting. Not very patiently.

In the meantime, Josh is working with the occupational therapist. While I had her ear, I asked her about Josh’s painting. And discussed ways to help him be more independent. She said she could definitely help him have a better grip on the paintbrush. As we move along this path, I’ll post pictures and updates as we get to them.

The voice is our #1 goal.

Josh finding a voice

Josh finding a voice

I’ll be posting updates often as Josh walks this path. Its so incredibly exciting, we have to share.

As far as his physical journey, he’s still working hard. New post on youtube: http://youtu.be/yfKCvzJHcsM    He loves the resistance bands. To see him maintain his grip, do a pulse, keep his arm straight, and the range of motion he’s gained over the last six months is amazing to me.

Seeing him attack his goals, to have such big goals, and watch his warrior spirit as he attacks his goals, I’m so proud of him.

 

 

About JoshE

Joshua Englehaupt was born on April 3, 1980. Birth trauma left him with Cerebral Palsy. He is non-verbal and non-ambulatory but he is filled with a wonderful spirit. He has a passion for art. Join him in his journey of discovery.
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4 Responses to One Step Closer

  1. Jennifer says:

    Way to go, Josh! Your journey is such an inspiration and I am so excited about the accomplishments you have made just in the short time I have followed the blog. You are the definition of “lionhearted”! I can’t wait to hear what you have to say went you have found your voice!!!
    Thanks for sharing this, Carol. It brightened my day 🙂

    • JoshE says:

      2014 is going to be an amazing year. I will post updates often. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I do appreciate you taking time to do that.

  2. Karen (Klynn) says:

    Congratulations! I’m so excited for you guys.

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