Only about an hour left of August 2012. Looking back this month seems more like a year because so much has happened! This was the second week of school for the kids and so far, so good…
I went to Izzy’s school yesterday to meet with some ladies from assistive technology. They talked about switches and communication devices and all the technology available. They had spent time in Izzy’s class earlier that day to access her needs and the first and biggest mistake was walking in with a stuffed winged pink pig, that I agree was sweet and funny but Izzy saw that pig and I know she thought, “these people think I’m a baby.” so she faked sleep until they left. So Melanie
subjected them to let them watch the videos of izzy taking her tests and showing off how smart she is. I talked about my interests in the eye recognition software and they said that if we want to go in that direction we need to get her to use her gaze for choices now rather than her yes hand she usually uses. So I tried it out this morning and after convincing her that she needed to choose between two things to take to school, she chose the nathaniel doll and even raised her yes hand when I said, “you are showing me you want to take the nathaniel doll.”
She has had two good weeks in school. Much more comfortable having recovered from the surgery last February. A big fourth grader! I take her to potty each morning before school and I noticed that she was pretty much sitting on her own so I’ve been cautiously letting her sit without supporting her and she is doing great. I sat her on the edge of the couch today and just barely offered a hand of support while she stayed up.
So we have a few things to work on… sitting up and eye gaze. Fun challenges.
Emelia is loving high school. First weeks progress report showed all A’s so hopefully she will keep it up!
Bailey is home for the weekend. He is loving school at Oklahoma State University… so much so I haven’t seen him in anything but orange for the past few weeks! He tells me school is easy and he’s loving meeting new people. I’m happy to have him for three whole days!
Amanda is so busy with school, work and being a “newlywed.”
Now I’m excited about the retreat in Seattle only about a month away!!! I will be gone five whole days.