Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Keep The Good News Coming!


Although this is a late post and I am sure many of your already know this, we received a letter last week Friday stating that the A-W-E-S-O-M-E teacher that Kaityln had for ESY will indeed be her teacher for the 2009-2010 Kindergarten school year!


(insert excited applause here)


What a relief! This young teacher is just that: young. She is a new graduate with a focus in special education and my daughter (and her parents) absolutely love her! She is motivated, spirited, and is loaded with energy and the will to help. She is the one thing that we have been waiting for, without even knowing that this is what we were waiting for. Does that make any sense?


So the countdown begins: as of this post date, only 22 days until the first day of Kindergarten. Yikes! 22 days!


Now, I can breathe and relax and watch the magic that began between the two of them continue to do it's thing.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Is it Safe To Exhale?


After months of fighting, pleading, appeal letter writing, phone calls, tears and the such, I have been informed by our insurance company (Aetna) that ALL speech therapy will now be covered for Kaitlyn.

Huh?

That's it?

No more hoop-jumping?

Apparently it is true. I received and voicemail message from the latest customer support person that I had to deal with who informed me of the decision.

I am not sure if I should exhale, or wait for the other shoe to drop. I have been lied to and mislead by this insurance company in the past, so you see why I am not popping the champagne cork as of yet.

***Disclaimer: I did notify my employer about the different tactics that Aetna was taking against me to avoid paying. My last email that I sent to "my people" (love it! I have "people"!) was on July 21st. Funny how there was a turn of events in less than a week!

I think I know what happened. But I am not complaining about it. If it works for the "Soprano's", then I guess it could work in this case, too!

(snicker)

:-)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Waiting Game


It's been 4 weeks since I was told that we would find out who Kaitlyn's Kindergarten teacher is going to be "in 2 weeks". Now she is two weeks late. UGH! Nothing like a Special Ed Administrator to be late in her promises.


I did email this lady and informed her of my "request" to have Kaitlyn's current ESY Teacher as her Kindergarten teacher. This brand new, young teacher has been so amazing with Kaitlyn over the last 5 weeks! I would love to see where this can go over the next two years. I truly hope she gives my request at least a tiny bit of consideration.


So now I sit.


And wait.


Did I ever tell you that I am not good at doing that....the waiting thing................

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Words!


Poor guy! I feel like I have "abandoned" him lately. I have been blogging about Kaitlyn and all of her successes that I have forgotten about the little man, Andrew.

OK, today is all yours, little guy!

Bad Mom. I have totally underestimated what my son can do! I sat down to write a list of words that I know he has and uses. What started out in my head as 10 words evolved into more than forty! The guy really has a big word bank! Granted, he doesn't use them all purposefully, but he will imitate the words and approximate many more. Of course, he will say "hi" and "bye" and "Dada" (of course!). But he also has complex words like "airplane" (ah-pay), "tiger" (ga-go), "lion" (owl...yep, that's how he says it!), Galileo (gaa-go! Thank you, Baby Einstein!). He doesn't say the words "up" and "down" for the action he wants, he just wiggles out of your arms or raises his arms up for you to pick him up.

His receptive language is amazing! This word bank is probably above and beyond what I can imagine right now. He can follow two and three step commands, too. Impressive, Andrew!

Speech therapy is going well for him. He enjoys his playtime with Jill. We are hoping to add a second day in the fall to his schedule, allowing us to challenge him and his speech.

Although the thought of a second child going to preschool on a full-paid IEP sounds economically interesting, I really don't want to go through another IEP process.

So, we will continue to work on our words at home and with his private therapist. And I need to remember to blog about him, too!

Friday, July 3, 2009

On Her Own


Well, I was brave and let Kaitlyn go away for the night with my parents, brother and sister for an early July 4th celebration. My parents have a boat, and Kate LOVES the boat. There was a party, lots of food, and fireworks.

Most people would not give it a second thought to send their child with other family members for the night. Me, however, I worry. Not that she wouldn't be watched or taken care of, because I trust them with my daughter. It is just the speech and language portion. I am Kate's translator. She looks to me when someone doesn't understand what she is saying for me to clarify things.

But, I should have known that I could have put my worries aside. She was also with my sister, Kate's Godmother, who does a pretty darn good job translating on her own. In fact, I only received one phone call when Aunt Nancy was confused about a word: 7-Up. Kate had an upset stomach and asked for some 7-Up. Poor Nancy tried and tried, but couldn't get it. Then, she called me so I could hear the word. Once I told her, Nancy exclaimed "I thought so! I asked her if that is what she wanted and she just looked at me!".

Looks like Kaitlyn is playing games, huh?

I should relax more. People truly are learning her language.