Thursday, October 30, 2008

Quick update

In the two weeks since he started school, Brady has been moving along speed-warp style. He's vocalizing all the time, walking with his walker at great speed, and cracking himself up. LOVES school, not one grumpy moment yet on the new schedule (more than I can say for me!). When we get to school, I hear "Hi Brady!" from staff and students... everyone knows the kid with the walker! LOL

Don't want to get too excited and jinx his new educational career... but so far, so good :)

Saturday is the WS Halloween party - if you are in New England hope we to see you!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Brady Goes to School

It was only two weeks ago that a group of people met to discuss Brady: therapists of all kinds, parents, a school director and a nurse. This IEP meeting came after two assessments and many conversations regarding Brady. For those unfamiliar with the initials, an IEP meeting is when all those who are responsible for your child's education plan meet and document their plan and goals for the year. So we had Brady's new preschool therapists there -- OT, ST, PT -- plus the school nurse, the director, and the person in charge of the transition from Early Intervention to preschool. Also at the meeting were his EI therapists -- OT, ST, Development and PT -- to aid in the transition and offer their experience with Brady. Luckily for us, his OT is the same for EI and the preschool, because she got a job at the school and will continue on as his OT.

I have heard horror stories about IEPs and frustrated parents not getting what they wanted for their child. However, I was unusually calm about the whole process, mostly because I thought it was pretty clear cut what Brady needed and there really couldn't be any disagreement about that. Yes, I know some parents out there are calling me naive, but since it was black and white for me, I knew somewhere deep down it would all be fine. I believe our EI PT, who is like one of the family now, was worried I would roll over and take whatever they offered. She was taking my calmness for push-over-ness. She needn't have worried about that; I was calm because I wasn't going to TAKE less than what Brady needed, PERIOD!

Apparently, EI therapists are suppose to tell the preschool what they have done in the past and then sit quietly. This did NOT happen with Brady's therapists! They were very forward in offering advice in Brady's needs. Personally, I would think this should happen at ALL transition meetings -- who better to know the child than the therapists who just worked with him for three years? Later, one therapist asked me if I was upset with her boldness and I replied absolutely not, and thank you!

There was no knock-down-and-drag-'em fight though -- all agreed the more therapy the better for Brady, and we only needed to ask for one more speech session to come to an agreement. The biggest change is that fact that while Brady is having two sessions of OT a week at the preschool like in EI, the sessions are 30-minute sessions rather than 60-minute sessions (Actually, at EI I believe they are 45 minute but they were always with him for at least an hour). This is a big deal for PT -- going from three hours a week to one (3 sessions at 60-minutes verse 2 sessions at 30-minutes). Some days we go in a little early or stay late to get all his therapy sessions in, but I think it will work out fine. I am comforted in knowing he will be doing more PT, OT and ST during the regular class time in regards to play, circle time, etc. He also has someone with him at all times, which was a concern for his EI therapists. Phew! This all went like clockwork.

So, last week we went for an hour to the classroom , where he played with the water table and had snack with his "friends". He is such a peanut in there -- he comes up to the shoulder of the shortest kid in there. He did great, and continued to do great when he started on Tuesday. In fact, he walked in with his walker and went right to the water table! Got a sharp memory, that one!
Brady is going every day but Wednesday, which I will plan his Music Therapy and try to make doctor appointments, or just chilling out time. He's at the school for anywhere from 2-1/2-hours to 3-hours a day. How strange to have him be somewhere else, not at home waiting for the next therapist to come. I'm transitioning pretty well, too :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Brady!!

It is the cherished boy's birthday! We celebrated last week with a party with friends and family, so when his actual birthday came, I was like, "Oh... should we sing to him again??" Tom and I were coming home from Maine and Michael wasn't even home til dinnertime from camping with the Boy Scouts, which is when Tom had left to watch the Sox (boo hoo... don't get me started on that!).

But I do want to mention to people out there who have babes younger than three and wondering when their development will start coming... BOOM! These past six months have been an incredible change of tides for Brady and I want people to NOT worry... it happens! Brady has such low tone and was (is) behind everyone, WS and not, it seems like I would never be able to utter those words.

So, congratulations, little buddy on hitting yet another milestone and working so hard :) Now we're off to a new adventure, with preschool and therapies AT school... no more home visits

:( We will miss everyone.

Next up: Brady's first day of preschool!!!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

What we've been up to

I have lots to talk about, but I will break it up in a few sessions. I was intending to do the "31 for 21" challenge again and post every day in October, but I don't see it happening! (Especially since it is already October 2!) In a nutshell (and with pictures!), here's what's been going on:

Brady has been getting quite interactive and movable! He does gravitate towards his toys more, and into things where he might get stuck (yes, he was stuck in the toy box but I had to take a picture first before I helped him out!)

We had Music Therapy with our friends Lucien and Coleman, both with WS. We're getting quite a little gang going on here - I think they are beginning to interact with each other more. Although they are both two, Coleman and Lucien are developmentally ahead of Brady, and hanging out with them has certainly helped him.
We went to the zoo with Angela, James and Ben on a glorious September afternoon. The deer followed us like a pack of dogs as we walked through the deer park.

Funny little guy, Brady has quite the personality and hardly sits around anymore "like a lump" as I used to call it.
We had to go pick up popcorn for the Cub Scouts fundraiser - packed to the gills!
Upcoming posts include Brady's early birthday party and his IEP meeting! Stay tuned, I promise it will be soon :)