Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Noah is officially without a speech therapist.    Miss L is the only speech therapist Noah has ever known, and we LOVE her!

The Early Childhood Intervention SLP who came once a month and blew bubbles at Noah doesn’t count.

Miss L. gave Noah his first words, and she knows him inside and out.  She was the kind of therapist who made materials for him in her down time and was always coming up with creative ideas to keep things fresh.  She was in constant contact with his physical therapist, so our hippotherapy sessions not only concentrated on his PT goals, but also his speech goals.  She gave us notice last month, but I kept hoping she’d change her mind and decide to stay at the center where he gets his therapy, which just so happens to be about 20 minutes from our house.

No such luck.

From what I understand, her replacement hasn’t worked with children since grad school.  I met her last week.  She’s young and enthusiastic, but there weren’t any fireworks, if you know what I mean.

I asked the replacement to call me so I could get some details on her experience and training.  Maybe she’ll call tomorrow . . . or not.

I have a line on a clinic in Austin (a good 45 minutes away) where all the SLPs know PROMPT, which is very encouraging.  I’m still waiting to hear if they have experience with apraxia and Down syndrome.  Come to think of it, they’ll also have to know quite a bit of ASL.

In any case, it won’t be Miss L.  Sniff.

I’m not a sentimental kind of person, but this is really hitting me hard.  He’s going to miss Miss L.  I’m going to miss Miss L.

Sigh.

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5 thoughts on “Breaking Up is Hard to Do”

  1. Is Ms. L leaving the profession? If not, is she going to work within driving distance, and could you enroll Noah with her at the new location?

    1. She is not leaving the profession, but she wants the time to look around for a place she really loves. I think I might be able to follow her, but as much as we love her, I’m open to the possibility that he may need someone with more specific training and experience with Down syndrome and apraxia.

  2. Praying for a nice smooth transition, for both you and Noah! I used to teach at our Jr. High’s Resource Center. When I would be out sick, for 2 or 3 days, my kids were like cats. I’d come back and they would make me “pay” for abandoning them. LOL It would take a class period or two before I’d work my way back into their good graces.

    1. Thanks so much. I got some great news today about a new speech therapist for him – more on that on my Monday post. I’m hoping Noah doesn’t hold any grudges towards his new speech therapist. 🙂

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