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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.


Arnold-Chiari Malformation Interpreted by a Physical Therapist

Meet my fabulous blogging buddy, Sweta at www.ardentpt.com.  She’s a physical therapist with a grasp of the technical aspects and research behind many conditions that physical therapists address in their day-to-day practice.  Sweta is Indian but translates all her work into English for us pale-faces.

She did me a huge favor and researched and blogged an article called Arnold-Chiairi Malformation – A Systemic Review of Research in ACM (type 1).    You can read it here:  http://ardentpt.com/2012/12/19/arnold-chiari-malformation-a-systemic-review-of-research-in-acm-type-1/

Her post has lots of visuals (drawings and MRIs) – and you know how I LOVE visuals!!!

For those of you who are familiar with my history, you know my son had Chiari decompression surgery in August and is currently receiving occupational therapy.  I’m considering getting Andres into physical therapy in January – we’ll see.

Sweta will be following up this post with more research concerning surgery and rehabilitation, and I’ll share a link as soon as I receive it.

Noah’s Last Ride

Not last as in he’s not going to ride again, last as in the most recent ride.

Noah’s entourage that surround the horse when he rides for hippotherapy brought him into the arena after his trail ride on Tuesday.  I could tell something was up, and they confirmed it when they said, “Okay, Mom, get ready.”  They gave the command and the horse broke into a run – with Noah (6 -DS) on his back.  Totally hilarious – Noah was bouncing up and down like a — gosh, there’s no word I can think of to describe it – the boy was looking pretty airborne, but he kept landing right back on the horse, laughing and signing stop all at the same time.  Then he was helped down and they let him take the reins and lead the horse.  Oh, he was so proud!  And then he insisted on helping to scoop horse poop – okay, sorry if that’s way too much information.  Oh, how the boy loves to work!  And then to finish it all off, under his own volition, he jumped over each of the three pipes that are in the arena for the horses to jump over, the same pipes that his physical therapist, Miss Laurie is always trying to get Noah to jump over.  She models jumping over them every week, and every week, Noah laughs as she jumps and he steps over them – he simply refuses to jump them, even know we know he can. 

Funny kid.  Funny, amazing, heartwarming, stubborn, sweet, lovable kid.