Let me tell you about yesterday. Because of Annaleah’s cleft palate at birth, she was immediately eligible for Birth to Three. A child developement specialist has been coming to our home once a month since her birth. Well, developementally she has never had a problem.. so things were great. I enjoyed the company for that one hour every month and Julie enjoyed seeing Annaleah.
After surgery, the issue became focused on the speech part of Anna’s developement. I was told that Anna would need help in this area.. and that she had to be monitored consistantly for the next few years as new sounds were being formed every day. So the Speech Pathologist at the children’s hospital recommended a Birth to Three speech pathologist come into the home once a month. However due to Anna’s age at the time (9 months) Sue wanted to wait until around 16 months or when Annaleah became more vocal.. so she has been coming since November.
Annaleah is doing wonderful so far.. all her beginning sounds are great and Sue has given me suggestions on helping her prepare for new sounds and such. So we have been praticing things like blowing whistles, drinking thick shakes from straws, encouraging specific sounds, etc.
It has been 1 year since surgery, I was informed that Annaleah would need to be re-evaluated before it was known whether or not she could stay in the program.. Sue came yesterday.. because we really wanted Anna to be in the program, Sue was going to be a little tough on the test.. if Anna didn’t get it exactly right..she wasn’t giving her credit.. Well, a score for Anna’s age is 40 .. Anna scored between 58 – 68 on each area!! So now I am happy and sad.. Ugh..
So now I am worried.. I heard of cases where a cleft child was doing great..the parents pulled the child out of the program because they saw no need for it.. a year later the child has a major speech impairment that needs to be corrected.. but once you leave the program.. it is so much harder to get back in.. So now what do we do..
Well, Julie has permission to try to bend those scores a bit.. but that is an awful lot of bending.. Then we were thinking of maybe doing a speech eval. only.. so she is going to speak with Sue and see what they can do.. I am going to talk to the Speech Pathologist at the hospital.. maybe she can do something. (she is the one that insisted on the program in the beginning.).. So we will see..
I must apologize.. someone asked how I was doing with the eating plans. I am doing ok.. still needs work though. I did lose 6 pounds in 2 weeks.. great! But then I seemed to have stopped there. I have also stopped making changes.. I really have to get back on track..
Who is the Mole!!
Here is what I think.. I
Kathy: THE MOLE
(this was really a difficult decision)
What do you think?
Kathy, Erik, or Frederique ??
I Cant Wait Until Tonight!!
Good Morning. I can not believe it has been so long since I have blogged. Time has certainly flew by. So, let’s see.. what is new around here..
- I started my Patchwork & Preserves Business
- Anna can now jump down the stairs (which is going to give me a heart attack.)
- Anna is talking better than ever.. She says
- night, night
- hurt me
- plus lots more
Everything else is pretty much the same. It has just been busy, busy, busy around here..