Thursday, September 30, 2010

Changes and Concerns, Good News and Bad News


Well, we are officially changing Andrew's speech schedule for school.
He currently gets 90 minutes per week of private therapy after school hours.
Still attends school four days per week for 2.5 hours.
But now instead of me bringing him in on Fridays (his day off of school) for his 90 minute session, he will go right from class on Thursdays for his 45 minute session.
This is actually good news since our previous Friday schedule involved him manipulating me into staying in the room for the speech session and then whimpering when I left and only getting about 20 minutes of true work time.
So yes, this is good news.
As for the bad news....I received this email response from his teacher yesterday:

"...As for his speech in the classroom, I don’t hear him talk with the other kids but he will come up and say things to the teachers. Usually what he says are 1-3 word utterances like “Hi” , “Mommy”, “Snack”, “Motor Time” or “Time for______”. I’d like to talk with Miss C more to see what her thoughts are regarding his speech and how it’s effecting him in the classroom. One of my concerns is Andrew’s difficulty attending to a task, book, toys, etc. He seems very distracted by the environment with little interest in books or table toys (i.e. puzzles). I’m wondering how much his language delays are impacting that..."

*sigh*

My thinking is:
  • That he is still adjusting to this new school environment.
  • He is a quiet boy in public.
  • He doesn't always run to people and strike up conversations.
  • He is one of those quiet watchers/learners.

So, we will see how the next six weeks go.
Because in six weeks, we have Parent-Teacher Conferences.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tuesday Top Ten


10. A 6 year old with a sprained ankle of unknown etiology. Not cool.

9. A positive performance evaluation (and raise!) at work. It's nice to know that you are appreciated during this crazy time at work.

8. Temper tantrums from a 3 year old, and the "Naughty Chair" getting a lot of use as of late. It's getting old....trust me.

7. Watching my daughter enjoy her swim lessons on Monday evenings.

6. Making great progress in speech therapy.

5. Attending my first PTA Meeting....and signing up for committees!

4. Seeing the excitement in the kid's eyes as the Halloween stuff hits store shelves...and my daughter saying over and over what she wants to be.

3. Sassy 6 year olds.

2. Achieving IEP goals!

1. I love my kids!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Katy Perry, Sesame Street, and the Real Lesson Learned Here


(Please scroll to the bottom right of this blog to "pause" music. Thanks.)
OK, I have to say something about this.

I am a mega-huge fan of Sesame Street.
I grew up with it.
My brother and sister grew up with it.
My kids are growing up with it today.
As for Katy Perry, I am not ashamed to admit that I cannot name one of her songs, nor do I know it is her when I finally get the chance to turn on music that I used to listen to pre-children.
But that's my life at this moment.

Granted, her outfit does look like it belongs on Tinkerbell.
But there is one person who should take the blame for this.
The one who signs off on the final projects at Sesame Street.
He knew who Katy Perry was when the idea crossed his desk.
This person has a name: Gary E. Knell, President and CEO of Sesame Street
If anyone feels the need to blame someone, then blame him.

But I won't do that.

You see, I am able to look beyond the poor choice of clothing, which is what this all boils down to, doesn't it?
If that's the case, then don't take your children to the beach or community pool because there sure is a lot more integumentary exposure there!
No one is complaining about that, are they?
Are people boycotting the beach and pool?
Nope, don't think so!
Don't let your children watch TV after 7:00pm because they may see or hear something sexual or suggestive.
You probably did not even notice, did you?

And while you were too busy covering your eyes and complaining that her "assets" were too exposed for Sesame Street, did you stop and listen to the message conveyed by that less-than-three-minute video?

It is art imitating life.
Two friends getting together for a play date.
One is a little different than the other.
One thinks that the other doesn't like them or is running away from them.
One tries to explain to the other about hurt feelings.
One feels lost and alone.
One doesn't realize that they are hurting a friend's feelings.
One is playing games.

Now think of the language opportunities that were taught: up, down, fast, slow, stop, go, hot, cold, yes, no, in, out.......
In that tiny and yes, inappropriate, Tinkerbell dress, she was teaching children about parts of speech and language: opposites, position, prepositions, and direction.
If you turn around or just close your eyes and listen to her sing, she is making a point.

She is teaching.

So, yes. The clothing was inappropriate.
Shame on you, Mr. Snell, for not being precise when it comes to dress codes on "The Street".
And for the record, I would definitely let my six year old girl and my three year old boy watch this YouTube video.
I can guarantee you that they would be mesmerized by the colorful background and catchy lyrics.
And I can guarantee that they wouldn't even notice Katy Perry.
Why?
Because what child at that age doesn't like Elmo?

And that is the real lesson here.

Tag, you're it!

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Of Sprained Ankles and Best Friends

So Kaitlyn sprained her ankle.
I'm really a good Mom, at least I think so, but I can't figure out how she did it.
I can only pinpoint the time as somewhere between early Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening.
She and I did some quick shopping after dropping little brother off at school Tuesday morning and she complained that her shoe was hurting her.
Wednesday, I received a phone call at work from hubby stating that her ankle "looked a little swollen".
Hmmm.
That always causes some concern for me, seeing that I am 38 miles away at work.
"Just give her some Motrin before bed and I'll check on her when I get home."
Did I fail to mention the difference between a lay person's definition of swollen and a nurse's definition of swollen are two completely different entities?
Um, yep.
Since the Motrin allowed her to sleep through the night, I waited until the morning to seek further medical attention.
But Andrew hates when his playmate is down and out.
No jumping.
No rough housing.
No playing "Tag" in the kitchen and living room.

So he assumes his position as watch dog and protector of the big sister.
This is God's plan for the two of them.
Even at such a young age, they show a true and genuine compassion for each other.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I Believe....

...that God gives kids with special needs to parents who can handle it and not to those whose "styles" may be crimped.

...that we will max out our lifetime benefits with Aetna Insurance on Kaitlyn's speech therapy before she ages out of my policy.

...that things happen for a reason.

...that we are in the right place at the right time.

...that a Higher Power has a bigger plan for us.

...that I will one day be able to "pay it forward" and help others in need of speech therapy financing.

...that someone very important and influential is reading about our plight at any given moment.


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Friday, September 24, 2010

Signing and School

Back in the day when Kaitlyn was small, before we even knew what apraxia was, we used sign language with her.
In fact, she was signing before her first spoken word!
We started with the basics like "more", "milk" and "please", and she used them appropriately.
In fact, she would put all three of those signs together to put her first sentence together.
Everyone told me that "the flood gates of words will start any day now".
Yea, right.
Days turned into weeks and into months and the flow of spoken words was more like a trickle.
Maybe more like an annoying faucet drip.
At this point, she was almost 18 months old and had more signed words than spoken words.
But it was so neat to hear her say the word as she signed it, then drop the sign altogether as she only used the spoken word.
And signing minimized any sort of frustration she may have had.
She was communicating with us!

But were we delaying her speech by signing?
No.
Were we making her delay even worse?
No.
That is when apraxia reared its ugly head.

And that is when we also found out that teaching her to sign was actually a good thing: we gave her an avenue for communication when she didn't have one.
Her pathway wiring for spoken words was interrupted by apraxia.
Luckily, she never exhibited frustration in her inability to verbally communicate: after all, she could sign!

Andrew, my second child, wanted nothing to do with signing.
Absolutely. Nothing.
Fine, be that way.
Boys will be boys, I guess.

I have recently read a very interesting article written by two women affiliated with Primrose Schools. Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas are Communications Coordinators for the network of Texas day care facilities belonging to the AdvancED® accredited family of Primrose day care schools. Primrose Schools are located in 16 states throughout the U.S. and are dedicated to delivering progressive, early childhood, Balanced Learning® curriculum throughout their preschools. "Founded in Atlanta in 1982 by Paul and Marcy Erwin, Primrose Schools revolutionized the concept of child care, making education a key part of the service in an era when "all-play and nothing-but-play" was the accepted norm."

Below is a copy of the article, with approval to reprint from author Kathleen Thomas:
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Early Childhood Education – Acquiring Sign Language
One of the keys to surviving in a tilted economic system in which opportunities to achieve a decent standard of living will be limited is versatility – and the ability to communicate articulately in a variety of ways with the widest possible audience. This includes bilingual ability as well as the ability to communicate in non-verbal ways for the benefit of the disabled – primarily the deaf.

At the same time, a growing shortage of qualified interpreters fluent in American Sign Language has led to more career opportunities – and if current trends continue, it's likely that skilled ASL interpreters will have little problem securing lucrative employment in a society where such a commodity is destined to be in short supply.


Signing Before They Can Speak
A great deal of research has clearly demonstrated that the early years – ages 2 to five – are the best time to educate children in different modes of communication and language. This goes beyond the spoken word (though it is an optimal time for children to learn a second language); many young children have an aptitude for signing as well.

This is not as odd as you may think. As you know, many indigenous peoples around the world, including American Indian nations, have used sign language for centuries to facilitate communication with other tribes with whom they do not share a language. Some paleontologists and anthropologists theorize that Neanderthals – who apparently lacked the vocal mechanism to produce many spoken words – depended a great deal upon hand gestures to communicate.

In fact, recent research suggests that sign language is innate. An article published in the Boulder Daily Camera in 2003 presented strong evidence that babies as young as six months old communicate with their hands:

"...by 6 to 7 months, babies can remember a sign. At eight months, children can begin to imitate gestures and sign single words. By 24 months, children can sign compound words and full sentences. They say sign language reduces frustration in young children by giving them a means to express themselves before they know how to talk." (Glarion, 2003)

The author also cites study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development demonstrating that young children who are taught sign language at an early age actually develop better verbal skills as they get older. The ability to sign has also helped parents in communicating with autistic children; one parent reports that "using sign language allowed her to communicate with her [autistic] son and minimized his frustration...[he now] has an advanced vocabulary and excels in math, spelling and music" (Glarion, 2003).


The Best Time To Start
Not only does early childhood education in signing give pre-verbal youngsters a way to communicate, it can also strengthen the parent-child bond – in addition to giving children a solid foundation for learning a skill that will serve them well in the future. The evidence suggests that the best time to start learning ASL is before a child can even walk – and the implications for facilitating the parent-child relationship are amazing.

Co-written by Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas
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Well, there you have it.
Pretty impressive article, isn't it?
Makes you think again about the significance of signing, doesn't it?
Wish I would have read this back in 2003.
What are your opinions on signing as a way to foster and encourage spoken language?

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

You Joined WHAT?????


The PTA.

Yes, me.
The chick with the two kids with busy schedules.

Yes, me.
The chick who makes "TO DO LISTS" of her to-do lists!

Yes, me.
The chick who really doesn't have that much more time on her hands and has resorted to coloring her own hair and doing her own manicures and pedicures herself because (A) I don't have the time and (B) I don't have the extra funds. But on a side note, I fall asleep so quickly at night and stay in that one position for quite some time that the nail polish has never smudged on me!

And it's not just any ole PTA here.
It's the Special Needs PTA for our school district.

Yep, it's cool!
And I am in it.
And I am the Special Needs Liaison for parents at Kaitlyn's school.
OK, that's a little bit outta my element there, but I can adapt.

Deep breath.....................

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday Top Ten


10. Adjusting to school.

9. Me adjusting to having no children in the house for up to three hours at a time...and not really liking the quiet all that much. Miss them!

8. Curriculum Night at the preschool and seeing just how much preschool has changed since I was a student.

7. Handwriting Without Tears!

6. Round two of antibiotics for a strep throat that is a little resistant.

5. Watching swim lessons on Monday night. Four children aged six. Full moon. Do you see where this is going??? That poor teacher.

4. Planning our team for the Chicagoland Apraxia Walk on October 16th!

3. Attitudes from six year old girls. Very ugly.

2. Going to my first PTA Meeting tonight! I am actually excited. I guess I am showing my age, huh?

1. I love my kids!

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Shaving cream

What better way to help a child with sensory input than shaving cream!

Andrew loves to make a mess: let's help him out, I thought to myself.

He started out OK.
Then thought it would be fun to "massage lotion" onto his arms.
This kept him quiet for a while as I worked with big sis on handwriting technique.
Until the shaving cream went into the hair, ears and nose.
This made Andrew a little mad.

It was a great activity while it lasted!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Heaven's Very Special Child

A meeting was held quite far from Earth

It was time again for another birth.

Said the Angels to the Lord above –

This special child will need much love.

Her progress may be very slow

Accomplishment she may not show.

And she'll require extra care

From the folks she meets down there.

She may not run or laugh or play

Her thoughts may seem quite far away

So many times she will be labeled

different,' 'helpless' and disabled.

So, let's be careful where she's sent.

We want her life to be content.

Please, Lord, find the parents who

Will do a special job for you.

They will not realize right away

The leading role they are asked to play.

But with this child sent from above

Comes stronger faith, and richer love.

And soon they'll know the privilege given

In caring for their gift from heaven.

Their precious charge, so meek and mild

"Is heaven's very special child.”



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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Handwriting WITHOUT Tears!

Kaitlyn has become less resistant to handwriting practice lately.
In fact, she has been quite enthusiastic about it when I ask her to "work on letters".
As you can see from the photo, she hasn't mastered the correct size of a letter, even though I have her practice only on Mead Learning to Letter paper.

I love that paper!

I love the creativity of Mead!

It has raised ruling to give her that tactile cue of where to stop/start the lines and curves.

If you couldn't tell, she is writing the capital letter "R".
"R" as in "rock on, Kaitlyn!"

According to the Mead website, this paper provides the following:
•The See and Feel™ Learn to Letter with Raised Ruling reinforces writing within the lines
•The embossed raised ruling helps students "feel" the lines
•This innovative product was developed and tested by handwriting experts
•It conforms Zaner-Bloser and D'Nealian handwriting methods

It is supposed to, that is.
Kaitlyn, however, plows through those raised lines like a Nascar driver over a speed bump.

I still love Mead!

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Tears

SLPs are awesome!
How they can stay calm and composed as children (um, my child) cries "I wah Mommy" during the session is beyond me.
As I sit here writing this, I can hear my son crying three doors away.
We are still dealing with that whole separation anxiety thing.
I'm not understanding it right now.
He was so happy to see Miss C today.
Couldn't wait to get out of the car and come to speech.
But I should have known when he did the polite gentleman move and asked me to "Sit down" as her pointed to that chair.
My next clue should have been his quivering chin when Miss C said that "in one more minute, Mommy is going to sit in the lobby".
Then full blown tears.

*sigh*

I know this is an adjustment for him.
He is only three.
Boys adjust later than girls, I am told.

But It just breaks my heart to hear him cry.
To see that quivering chin.
To sense his fear.

This, too, shall pass......right?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Speech and Reading Issues: Are They Connected?


I have always wondered about this.
It seems as if my daughter's apraxia has also slowed down her handwriting success, but will reading be the next skill affected?

Ruth Stoeckel, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at the Mayo Clinic. She has worked as a clinician and independent consultant in schools, private practice, a private rehabilitation agency, and clinical settings. Dr. Stoeckel is on the professional advisory board of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) and presents at local and national levels. Her areas of special interest include childhood motor speech disorders, cochlear implants, and autism. Dr. Stoeckel is participating in research on treatment efficacy for childhood apraxia of speech, assessment of motor speech disorders, and an epidemiological study of the relationship of speech-language disorders and written language disorder. Her publications include studies published in The Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, Laryngoscope, Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, and articles for the CASANA newsletter. She has served as a reviewer for the Volta Review and Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.

If you are interested in this subject and would like to learn more about the speech skills and literacy, click here.

Below is a summary of the video content:
"Early Speech Language Issues and Late Literacy: Will Slow to Talk Mean Slow to Read?" relates to children with apraxia or speech sound disorders, and addresses the concerns of SLPs and parents, as well as teachers. It proposes strategies to support early literacy skills in children with communication disorders. Ruth Stoeckel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, a nationally recognized clinician and speaker on the subject of childhood apraxia of speech and literacy, discusses the connection between speech-language issues and literacy and suggests evidence-based interventions that provide practice for emerging literacy skills.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Curriculum Night

Tuesday night was "Curriculum Night" for Andrew's preschool.
This made me giggle when I first heard about it.
Never thought I would hear the words "curriculum" and "preschool" in the same sentence.
But preschool today is so so so different than preschool of yesteryear.
That is, when I attended preschool.

But the night was informative indeed.
We got to talk with the teacher.
We learned about the typical daily schedule.
And we learned that she sticks to her schedule quite tightly.
We learned that the 13 children in her classroom already know the schedule and many are not needing the verbal cues to stay on task.
She has two teaching assistants in the room with her at all times.
Then the support staff come in intermittently: PT, OT, and SLP.
Oh, and two student teachers getting their "field experience".
Yep, that's a lot of adults in that room, and that is pretty cool!

There are visuals everywhere to facilitate the day.

There is an amazing focus on pre-literacy skills and pre-math skills.

And she assesses the children at various times throughout the year.
Constant assessments.

I like her.
Andrew likes her.

And I am in love with his two pieces of "art work".

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday Top Ten


10. A girl spiking a fever to 102 over Labor Day weekend and now dealing with strep throat. Ick!

9. Getting two phone calls at work from my kids, battling to see who can yell "Hi, Mommy!" the loudest.

8. An oh-so-slow transition to preschool for Andrew. We are getting better, people! Really!

7. Prepping for "Curriculum Night" at the preschool.

6. An evening out with friends for scrapbooking.

5. The cool fall weather in Chicagoland!

4. Officially starting three days per week of speech therapy for Kaitlyn with
Miss M. Love her!

3. Andrew not wanting to go to his speech therapy session last week. C'mon, buddy. It's OK!

2. The blooming attitude of a six year old. *shudder*

1. I love my kids!

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Not My Child Monday


This sweet, angel face of a daughter of mine has not become outspoken and too big for her britches.
Nope, not my daughter!
She has apraxia, for goodness sake!
She doesn't have a mean, sarcastic bone in her body!
She did not refuse to eat breakfast this morning.
She did not push herself away from the table, fold her arms across her chest, and announce "I am not eating. I am sitting here like this!"

Really?

Is this what happens when we enter first grade?
Is this what happens when apraxia begins to resolve?

Really?

Cool.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Who's The Boss Here?!

Today is picture day at school.
A cute, pink, flowery dress is laying on the bed.
She is all for it, and is practicing her "sweet smile" in the mirror as she calls it.
Then, I attempt to do her hair.
"No, Mom! Hair down!"

Since when did my child with apraxia become so vocal?
So assertive?
So demanding?
So.......grown up?

So a deal was struck: hair up until the pictures are completed, then hair down for the rest of the day.

OK, who's the boss around here?
Since when did I have to strike deals with six year olds?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

He Likes School!


After several days of wondering and scratching our heads, I believe we have figured out what Andrew's problem with school is: there is no problem!

He loves school!

He loves it so much, in fact, that he doesn't want to leave.

While this may be a good thing, it makes me a little sad that he is so upset to have to come home.
But the screaming, kicking, hitting, and other behaviors that he has been exhibiting after school make sense now.

He enjoys his day, his freedom, his independence.

This morning, I walked him into school and he quickly turned to me and said "Bye, Mom!"
Over and over.
"Bye, Mom! Bye!"
Then, as I was leaving the room, he said "Close the door" and tried to close me out of the classroom.
Yes, he has adjusted to the classroom setting.
Now, we just have to work on the going home portion of the day.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Another Great Site!

I am always scouring the web, looking for sites with new information and resources on special needs, special education, and special parenting.

You guessed it!

I found another one!

And you can see it here!

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tuesday Top Ten


10. A rough week of preschool for Andrew.

9. Saying goodbye to summer.

8. The explosion of language in my house lately.

7. Andrew's first itinerant speech therapy session....it went well!

6. Wishing that Andrew would give up the pacifier habit at bedtime already!

5. Kaitlyn having a fever for 3 days now.....wonderful timing to spike a fever over the Labor Day holiday.

4. Watching my son hover over his sister this weekend and try to play and wrestle with her, even though she wasn't feeling too good. Best buddies!

3. Getting into the pediatrician's office without a problem this morning. Love that office!

2. Gearing up for a full year of inclusion services for Kaitlyn in school.

1. I love my kids!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Not My Child Monday

Once again, we come together for this blog carnival sponsored by MckMama. You can visit her at www.mckmama.com. This is our way of exposing the imperfections of our so-called perfect life.

So this boy is not making the "pacifier stage" last longer than it should.
No, not my son!
He's in preschool for goodness sake!
He does not require a pacifier to fall asleep with each night.
And most definitely not for each nap, either.
No, not my son.
And he doesn't cry and carry on each and every night when we try to put him to bed without it.
He doesn't cause the biggest commotion when we tell him that "the bink" is dirty and in the sink to be washed.
And I don't give in and hand it to him to keep him happy (and quiet).
And I am not kicking myself for allowing this habit to go on as long as it has.
And we have not tried each and every tactic to get rid of this pacifier, including the Paci-fairy and cold turkey.
And I am not asking all of you for some advice as to how to end this habit.
What has not been going on in your house this week.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Itinerant Speech Therapy: It's A Hit!


Friday was Andrew's first day of itinerant speech therapy.
Since he is so high-functioning in all domains with the exception of speech, he does not received his speech therapy in the classroom setting or in a pull out situation.
Rather, he spends 45 minutes twice a week in a one-on-one setting with one of the school SLPs.
At first, I was concerned, given the behavior as of late.
Behavior?
Yes, his atomic meltdowns after school!
Oh, that behavior!
But he did well, even working alone with the SLP for 20 minutes before Daddy had to bring him home.
And the good news....this is the same SLP that did his initial eval back in May and was part of our first IEP Meeting in May, too!
She said that he has made tremendous gains since that day in May!
Good job, Andrew.
So for the time being, he will be alone with the SLP.
This is good.
I am hoping that with the combo of exposure to typical talking three year olds and the ninety minutes a week of therapy, his language will truly take off!

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Don't Change, Kaitlyn!


When I see your face
theres not a thing that I would change
Cuz ur amazing
Just the way you are

And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
Cuz girl ur amazing
Just the way you are

(Lyrics from Bruno Mars "Just The Way You Are")

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Need a Reason? I'll Give You 20!


I found this list on a fellow Mommy blogger's site.
I love it!
In fact, I love it so much that I have to share it with you.
Thank you, Heather @ Shhh! Mommy's Hiding for letting me share this with my readers as well.

So the next time someone asks you for a reason, click here to give 'em 20.
That'll make 'em think again when they ask a silly question like that!

And to all of my special Mommys and Daddys who read this blog, i know that you know that I know that you ROCK!

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

On Why I Love Our Teachers


One child of mine loves school.
The other is a different story.
She skips in happily.
He walks in slowly with a quivering lip.

This is not easy.

But I LOVE our teachers this year.
They care for our children.
CARE.
C-A-R-E.
And this is why:

1. I have received phone calls or emails almost every day.
2. They care about the child, not just the student.
3. They are willing to come up with new options every.single.day.
4. They are the most creative creatures in the world.
5. My kids love them.

Of course, there are more reasons.
These are just my Top 5!

What do you think about your child's teacher this year?

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Doctor is In!


Don't you just love it when you have a child with a speech and language delay/deficit and they blow you outta the water with something that they manage to say?

I do.

In fact, I take pride in it.

Case in point: I took Kaitlyn to the dermatologist on Tuesday to have a mole checked out.
It has been one heck of a summer in the Midwest here, and she has been in the hot, blazing sun everyday practically.
With SPF 50 I must add!
However, she has this little mole on her left clavicular area that I thought appeared larger than before.
It has been there for two years, but it has really caught my eye for the past few weeks.
Better to be safe and get it checked out.
Our appointment was for 8:15am.
Again, I am kicking myself for making an appointment so early.
The little brother has to be dropped off at school at 8:00, and the office is only a ten minutes drive from his preschool.
However, his lack of desire to transition smoothly into preschool had us running a tad late and we got to the office at 8:25am.
Not bad. Just 10 minutes late.
On the sign behind the receptionist, it indicated "Dr N. is running on time".
Cool.
Kate starts school at 8:45.
Maybe I can get her there just a couple of minutes late as opposed to an hour late.
We are taken to a room and asked a bunch of questions: the same ones on the four forms that I just filled out.
What is the purpose of the forms if you are going to ask me the questions?
She leaves and says "He'll be right in".
So I start prepping Kaitlyn about what is to come: the doctor's name, the potential for a shot (Lidocaine to numb the area in the event that he excises the mole for pathology, etc...).
She is getting bored.
Me too.
Well, one People Magazine later, he comes in.
Kate is hanging upside down on the exam table.
Yes, she is beyond bored.

"What's your name?" she asks him, and he kindly tells her what his name is.
She doesn't look impressed at all.
He is nice, talks to her about school, and examines the mole.

Normal.

Good. But I just waited in this exam room with an upside down child for almost one hour because you were running "on time".

I grab my purse and try to upright my upside down daughter so we could bolt for the car and dash to school (which is only about a 10-15 minute city drive from the office).
As we are leaving, she turns to him again and says "What's your name?"
He responds, "I told you my name. Do you remember what it is?"
"Yep! Dr. Speedy!"

Silence from the doc, but a giggle from my daughter.
He and I exchange a knowing glance.
"I've never been called that before!" he chuckled.
"Bye!" as Kate skips out of the office, knowing full well that she avoided a shot but took a better one instead!

Love it when apraxia takes a back seat!


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