At 42 Degrees

At 42 Degrees

Monday, February 18, 2013

Beginning the Evaluations,...


In the past three years,...Isaac's come along way from being a chubby baby,...


A chubby toddler,...who could run faster than me,..


And now a very busy little preschooler,...who is fascinated with the alphabet...



Last week, we took Isaac to the Children's Hospital to begin the process of having his 'needs' evaluated, because along with Apraxia, Isaac seems to have sensory processing issues, which I've been told often go hand-in-hand with motor-processing disorders.

Our first visit was a meet and greet, along with lots and lots and lots of forms to fill out. Isaac was right at home in the large waiting room,...he ran and ran and ran,...in circles and then climbed and explored as such a speed,...another little boy waiting,...an adorable little five year old, said:

"If we can just calm him down,...he'll be calm."

That's exactly why we were in that waiting room to get some help for our hyperactive little guy. 

This evaluation process promises to be long and drawn out,...we've two months worth of appointments,...and then even a longer wait for the final report,...but in the end,...if it helps our Isaac,...it will be worth the trouble and the wait. 

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

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

LOVE IS,...

St. Valentine's Day brings thoughts of love,...true love

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres...... 13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.  1st Corinthians 13:4-13


Love is patient,...




 Love is kind,...



It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud...





It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, 
it is not easily angered,...




It keeps no record of wrongs,...




Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth,...

 

It always protects, always trusts,...





always hopes, always perseveres,...







 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.



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

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I.I.

Isaac is just a little guy barely three years old. He looks tiny sitting between his big brothers,...he's had a lot to deal with in the past year getting dragged to one therapy session after another, evaluations, classes,...where ALL the adults want him to sign: MORE, PLEASE, AGAIN,...ect.

                                


The nicest part of Apraxia right now is Isaac doesn't know he has any motor processing delays,...he's just Isaac,...or I.I.,...he's newest nickname in the hopes it will be easier for him to say I.I. than Isaac, which in the complex world of motor planning is quite a mouthful.... 


Apraxia ties his tongue, but it has not influence of his enjoyment of cookies, or his dedication to exploring his world,...if I.I. can't say it,...he'll sign it,...and that has been such a blessing for our communication...




I.I.'s favorite word and sign at the moment is 3,...very fitting since he is three years old and 3:3 in the brotherhood with his big brothers.

Tomorrow, I.I. has evaluations at the Children's Hospital,...should be a long day, but important so we will know what direction we need to take in our little guy's therapies to help him bridge the gap between being I.I. and Isaac.


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

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Whisper To Me,....


Perhaps it's difficult to believe, but for a non-verbal child,...Isaac has a lot to say and he often says it very LOUDLY,....





Hopefully this is just a phase Isaac is going through,...we've been assured that his verbal output is encouraging and that his difficulty with volume control is part of his Apraxia,...



The best part of this LOUD syndrome we are experiencing is that Isaac's loudness is generally very happy,...he's excited and wants to share his joy with us,...you can't knock joy,...the louder the better, but not all the time,...sometimes,...we need to be quieter and calm,...like at the grocery store or when it is getting late at night and Daddy and big brothers need to sleep so they can get up early for work or school.




The past few weeks,...this constant roar of happiness has been a bit of a problem,...it's the constant and the sheer volume which have had us scratching our heads for a solution because,...shhhhhing and modeling appropriate indoor voice,...hasn't sunk in,....but whispering works....

Often, at home, loud joy is fine,...but when it's appropriate for Isaac to be quieter I've found whispering to him gets his attention,...I whisper secrets in his ear,...and sometimes he whispers back,...although Apraxia won't let him say: I love you,...I know that's what his shushed tones are saying,...

Whisper to me,...works for now,...in the future,...Isaac will either get over this phase, or we'll have to find a new solution,...but that's for tomorrow...

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















Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Quest,...


Last year when Isaac was diagnosed with Apraxia and I discovered educational toys were excellent means of therapy motivation for preschoolers, I went on a quest and hit the thrift stores, with great success I might add.

Educational toys are not cheap, and it was a blessing to find expensive toys and games a buck and under or three bucks at the most,...because these toys would help my son,...perhaps even one of these toys would be THE toy,...the key,...to unlocking Isaac's mysterious Apraxia,...like a philosopher's stone,...a quest motivated by sheer wishful thinking.


One year, two filled closets and one over flowing toy chest,...later,..I still find myself falling for the irrational hope of a Philosopher's Toy ....

In medieval times,...the dark ages,...alchemists went on quests searching for an elusive Philosopher's Stone,...an unknown element,...which they believed would turn base metals into gold.

Fast forward to the 21st century,...and a concerned mother is on a quest, seeking another toy,...another puzzle,...another picture book with hopes it will help her child be able to speak with ease....


It won't happen,...I know.

I've always known,...yet,...I've filled two closets and a toy chest, and a couple of tubs,...with educational toys.

Most of the toys are used during Isaac's speech therapy activities and just for him to play with. He is still just a kiddie-boo. He likes puzzles and blocks, and is a very good sport about putting a toy away before choosing another...

So,...if toys are just toys what's the answer for Isaac's Apraxia challenges?

I don't know.

Time will probably be the best help,...and therapy.

The toys in of themselves,...may or may not help,...but they aren't going to hurt,...and I guess it salves our worries,...that nag: Are we doing everything?....Is there anything more we can do?....

Again,...time will tell,...for now we just need to trust and hope and love our little guy.

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