A Dinosaur, a Truck and a Barn

After much searching and trial and error, I have managed to put together a sheet combining ASL and PECs for the words dinosaur, barn and truck.  Random?  Not as random as it seems.  These are all words, believe it or not, Noah encounters during his hippotherapy sessions.  (They hang play dinosaurs from the trees on the trail).

Funny story – During session 2, Noah’s physical therapist was telling me that they had all kinds of animals on the trail.  I was imagining a little petting zoo or something back there, so I innocently asked her, “Oh, what kind of animals?”  She said something like, “Oh there are some sheep and some pigs.”

“Oh, cool” was my reply.

And then she went on, “There are some monkeys . . .”  So, I’m looking at her like she has lost her mind, and she’s looking at me like, “Why are you looking at me like that?”

Me:  “Monkeys, really?”

Her (a little hesitantly):  “Oh, yeah, and there are some dinosaurs.”

About that time her intern, realizing what was happening, piped up “Oh, they’re not real.”

So that’s how I came to find out about “the animals on the trail.”

Anyway, back to the words.  If you’re up to getting down on the floor with your little one, these are great words to practice signing while you play with toy versions of these items.  Who wouldn’t have fun with ASL and PECs – Dinosaur, Barn and Truck.



Heard Around the Hen House – 01-31-2012

Andres (age 8):  “Now, that wasn’t a bit like getting shot out of a canon.”

The children have been having a ball the last few days prepping Andres for his MRI which was scheduled for today.  Didn’t know how seriously he was taking it all until he came out of it.  For a little boy who gets terrible headaches from even the briefest exposure to loud noise, he was amazing.  He kept headphones on while in the MRI and listened to music, he didn’t move a bit, the tech was able to get all the views she needed on the first try.   To top it off, Andres didn’t even get a headache.   Let me tell you, those things are LOUD!!!!  The tech gave me earplugs because I stayed in the room with Andres, but I wasn’t even in the machine and it was loud.

I’m not much for drama – I’ve spent my lifetime allotment of drama emotion in the past few years.  Plus I can’t even begin to comprehend what it would mean if something odd turns up on the MRI.  Andres has been having headaches, sometimes very severe, and they are increasing in quantity.  He also has recently started having nosebleeds for no apparent reason.  The doctor doesn’t think they are related, and he suspects complex migraines, but we all wanted to rule out anything more serious and make sure we have a handle on what the real problem is.  So, no worries, and I’ll update as soon as I have word.  We appreciate your prayers.



Hippotherapy Preposition PECs

Noah’s physical therapist asked for some prepositions in PECs for Noah’s next hippotherapy session.  We’ll be working on these in speech therapy as well.  Whalla, we have ’em.  These are universal symbols, appropriate for use on or off the trail, on two legs or four.  Enjoy!

Hippotherapy Preposition PECs