At 42 Degrees

At 42 Degrees

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Perspective On P.E.C.S....

Until a few months ago,...I had never heard of PECS,...Picture-Exchange-Communication-System.

It's communication by means of exchanging picture/symbols for those with verbal challenges.

Since Isaac's been learning sign language, I never thought much about using PECS,...but last week Miss Fern, Isaac's speech pathologist introduced us to the complete concept,...and with a successful trial run during his therapy session,...I am on board.

ANYTHING to help my little guy communicate.

But, I am finding it to be an awesome task to put together.

Not the actually manual task of constructing PECS, I can use a glue stick, straight cutter and laminator in my sleep,...but the task of choosing what symbols to use - for what, where, when and everything else.

Perhaps I am over analyzing,...a tendency I do have,...but I can't shake the feeling that I am creating a vocabulary here, son's for the time being,...until he can grasp the concept of communication and begin to form his own means of categorizing his thoughts in a tangible form.

Start simple, advised Miss Fern,...handing me a five pound binder of PEC symbols to study,...and her advice is sound,...and I am trying to keep to the bare essentials,, sleep, bath, diaper, play....but it's still an awesome task.

Hope I am choosing wisely,...hope these PEC cards help my Isaac,...hope one day I can pass our five pound binder to someone else,...and say, "It's going to be OK,...these helped us,...they will help you,...God bless!"

Nearly done with our first batch,...will start using PECS,...tomorrow!

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Helping Others Help Isaac

Aside from pre-preschool at the early intervention center the only other time Isaac is ever left with others is at church in our church nursery which is staffed by caring volunteers.

We are fortunate that many of the volunteers know at least some sign language and the regular volunteers are well aware of Isaac's speech challenges, but for the other volunteers who perhaps aren't that familiar with signing I felt it important to help them - help Isaac with a signing chart, so they wouldn't be at a loss to what in the word is that little guy trying to say with those gestures!

Thus,...I set up Isaac a new diaper bag.

I needed a sturdy clear bag and found exactly what I needed in this travel kit, which I scored for only $8.00. The pockets hold the paper with the sign chart perfectly. 

With sign images, I made the charts on my word processor program and kept the signs very simple. 

The blue labeled signs are signs that Isaac knows and uses regularly. The red labeled signs are what we are working on and what might apply in a church setting.  

It was so easy to just slipped the charts in the side pockets where they are protected and highly visible!
On the largest front pocket, I also added a cover letter with a brief explanation about Apraxia and our contract information - blocked out for this posting on the net, of course. 

As always I added pictures of my little guy so there is never a question that this is Isaac's bag!

The two other pouches also came with the travel kit, so we are super organized!!!!

A great inexpensive way to help others, my Isaac!

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Why I Love The Man I Love,...

Why I love the man, I love?

A picture is worth a thousand words,...and after twenty-three years of fatherhood, man,...just gets better and better!

No wonder our three sons all call him: "Daddy!"

Happy Father's Day to one and all!

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Recycled/Up-cycled Diaper Box

Have to thank Pinterest for this idea!

The cut-out box on Pinterest was WAY prettier than this one, but Isaac's not been picky. He's been too busy playing with this Recycled/Up-cycled diaper box.

Lots of good therapy potential in this activity - fine motor, matching, sharing,  and practice words: 'in, out, down, drop, get, find, oh-oh,...ect.

Very good toddler activity for a rainy Monday afternoon!

Note:  I am writing this a couple hours later from my original blog post,...and I have to state that Isaac is STILL playing with this box,...doubt it will last until tomorrow evening...its taken a lot of love,...but WORTH what little time we had to take to tape the thing shut and saw out some openings....TOTAL SCORE,...and best thing to know is that for the time being there will always be another box next month!!!!

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Dear Young Sir,...

Dear Young Sir,...

Yes, you, the young man,...twenty or so, the black polo shirt at Zaxby's this afternoon. You watched our Isaac zooming around and round the circuit of booths, running off pent up energy from having been confined in his car seat.

You, were sitting next to a vending machine, ol' timey pinball machine,...that discharged little rubber balls,...that pinged and ponged against the game board paddles until rolling out,...into a child's hand.

Exploring the vending machine,...Isaac was being Isaac,...trying out all the leavers, and he stopped to smile at you, with that sunshine smile of his.

And,...I guess he won your heart,...because you unexpectedly pulled out a quarter and put it in the machine for my little son,...and we all laughed at his delight as the ball came out and bounced across the restaurant with him chasing with giggles as fast as his chubby little legs would carry him.

When your order was announced, you went to the counter and collected it,....smiled at Isaac and us,...and said, "That is one cute kid!"

All of this, know,...Dear Young Sir, were there.

What you don't know, that Isaac's mother,...and that would be me,...had cried all the way to Zaxby's so burdened for her little son with Apraxia.

There are so many unknowns for us,...when and if,...Isaac will be able to speak with the ease of his peers,...and what will happened between here and there,...and especially how will others,...others, who don't know how darling our precious little guy is, will they respond to him and his challenges.

I can only hope they follow your generous example and reach for a quarter,...because that was a small price to pay for Isaac's happiness,...and mine.

May God bless and keep you.



Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Chasing Round Rainbows,...

Ok,....some weeks with speech therapy are better than others.  Some sessions in Kindermusic are more productive than others.

For Isaac,...perhaps this week hasn't been the most stellar week with his therapies.

But, he's been a busy little guy the past couple months,...meeting  lots of new adults,...that all seem to want to play the same 'MORE' game.

All be told, Isaac's been a sport, want him to sign "MORE' so he can get that ultra cool toy,...ok,...'MORE' it is,...he just wants to play!

And today after Kindermusic didn't go quite as well as one could hope, it was obvious that we needed to switch gears, release a little stress and go chase some round rainbows at the local splash park.

Those giggles and that smile,....
                                                  my little man,....
                                                                             had one happy day,.....
                                                                                                                  just like any other two year old!!!

Until I post again,....may God bless and keep you!