Body control is tricky, as I’ve mentioned. My body likes what it likes and sometimes it takes everything I have to stop one activity and follow a direction given. Sometimes it hijacks whatever I am up to that is purposeful with an impulse to climb under the covers of my bed.
When I set an intention or goal that involves more body control, the biggest thing I need is patience. Like learning to Spell to Communicate I need lots of support through prompting at the start. And as I develop the motor pathways the prompts can be faded. It is tedious but effective when practiced consistently.
We specifically are working on me dressing independently right now. I tap out what I want my body to do on my laminate board then Mommy uses only continuation prompts like “do it” or “get it” to keep me moving to execute the command I gave my body. I feel the pathways myelinating each morning.
When I set my mind to it, and have the proper loving support, I am clear that the only thing between me and autonomy is time. Anything I want is possible. The ship of thinking “I can’t” has sailed.