Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Perseveration at its Finest

per·sev·er·a·tion (pr-sv-rshn)
a. Uncontrollable repetition of a particular response, such as a word, phrase, or gesture, despite the absence or cessation of a stimulus, usually caused by brain injury or other organic disorder.
b. The tendency to continue or repeat an act or activity after the cessation of the original stimulus.
Oh. My. Gosh.
But who is to blame here?  Me.
Yesterday, I was thinking out loud (big mistake!) and I told the kids that we were going to the movies later this week to see "FInding Nemo" in 3D.
Key words:  LATER THIS WEEK!
My son must have missed that portion of the sentence because it has been non-stop all morning today and all evening yesterday
"Are we going to the movie?"
"We are going to the movie!"
"We are going to the movie now!"
"After my nap, we are going to the movie!"
"Dad, we are going to the movies!!!"
My responses have been the following:
"Yes, we are going on THURSDAY to the movie."
"Today is Tuesday.  We are going on Thursday."
"Tuesday, Wednesday, then Thursday."
Bless his heart.  He nods his head in agreement and goes about his business for about, oh, 30 seconds.
Then it starts all over.
Perseveration at its finest.
I've explained.
I've drawn a picture.
I've made a calendar.
"Are we gong to the movie now?"

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Monday, September 24, 2012

WH- Questions Made Easy

For those who have kiddos in speech, you know that WH-questions are a great way to help with many facets of the speech process.
Unfortunately, many children struggle with this.
Mine are no different.

Check out this great link!

There are apps on iTunes that go along with this as well, but you've got to search around for them.
Many are free, many are just a few dollars.
But those few dollars really go a long way when it comes to learning to master the WH-questions.

And here is a great article on the whole WH-question component and how important it is for speech and language therapy!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bully Prevention 101

This is something that should be done on the 1st day of school in every school.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Learning Body Science: Yep, There's an App for That!

At our Curriculum Night last night, we were told that October was going to be all about the body in Science class.
Check out what I found on iTunes today!

 ★ The most interesting and interactive anatomy app for kids on the iPad! ★
Learn the principles of human anatomy in a playful and engaging way ✓
Created by a team of medical doctors, educators and parents "This is my body - Anatomy for kids" features information about all important aspects of the human body – all within in a beautifully designed and illustrated app!

The main areas your child will discover and learn about:
✓ You are unique and yet we are all very similar to each other
✓ Growing - how fast do we grow and how long
✓ The skin - and how to protect it
✓ Senses - how do we see, hear, feel, taste and smell
✓ Digestive system - why are we hungry
✓ Respiratory system - your body needs oxygen constantly
✓ Circular system - your heart beats constantly
✓ Muscular system - exercise is good for you
✓ Nervous system - how are information transmitted
✓ Skeleton - how do bones look like and why do you need joints

This is my body - Anatomy for kids follows a playful yet working learning methodology that entertains children while learning.

To ensure that even younger kids can enjoy the app elements are represented visually using color and shapes so they can be recognized by pre-readers. Text information is spoken by a kid, so if your child can't read yet, they still can enjoy the app. For the older kids there is a "little smarty-pants" area where they can read more about a certain part of a segment.
 Click here to view in iTunes!

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Once a Child With Apraxia....Today.

It is a hard task, but I make it a point to not let apraxia define who my daughter is.
I allow her to define apraxia.
And defeat it.

But there are days that, like any parent with a child with or without special needs, I wonder what the future holds for my child.
How will she prevail academically?
How will she prevail socially?
Will she get married?
Will she have those really really good close friends that girls have?
What will she be like when she is 16?  20?  30?

I refuse to allow myself sleepless nights worrying because this is out of my hands.
It is in His hands.
But every now and then, a receive a sign from out of the blue.
Today, it came in the form of an email.
And today, it once again reminded me that everything works out in its own way.

Now, I'd like to share that email with you.
And if it makes you cry, makes you smile, or puts your mind at ease, then it has done its job:

"...I had Apraxia of Speech really bad when I was a child, so bad that my siblings had to translate for me to everyone else. Because I lived in a really small town and CAS wasn't really well known back then, I was treated like I was mentally slow. My teachers even held me to lower standards then the rest of my class mates, which led to learning problems down the line. I couldn't tell people that I understood them and that it was just a problem with my speech not my intelligence. The most frustrating thing was when I spoke, I heard myself saying the correct sounds, to myself I sounded like everyone else. So when people would repeat a word over and over to me trying to get me to say it right, I would just shut down. I had adults as well as kids make fun of me and I remember going weeks without talking to anyone other then my family. They only understood me because they were around me so much. My mom never settled with what, the small town doctors and school were claiming, caused my speech problems and around the time I was in 4-5th grade, my mom took me to a specialist in Phoenix, AZ and finally I was diagnosed and began speech therapy. My family was very supportive and because of them and those awesome people who were my speech therapists, most people don't even know I have it today. :)smile You kinda remind me of my mom and I just wanted to share this with you and let you know your kid is going to be fine because she has you! In case your curious about how I ended up, I graduated from high school, served 5 years in the Marine Corps, met, fell in love and married an awesome guy and had two wonderful little girls with one on the way and am now currently working on getting my B.S. in Computer Science
My mom used to tell me that the only thing that could truly hold me back was myself!!!"

Can't top that!  I am smiling from ear to ear just re-reading this!
Thank you!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tuesday Top Ten

10.  A successful 2+ weeks in gen ed.  Whew!  (Can I exhale now?)

9.  Loving the cooler, Chicago fall weather!

8.  So far, so good on dropping the private OT.

7.  Homework every night for the girl!

6.  An enjoyable mini family vacation last week!

5.  Prepping for what is turning out to be a very busy end-of-the-year!

4.  Changes!

3.  Losing our swim coach.  I don't know who is more sad about this:  the kids or me!?

2.  Remembering those who lost their lives on 9/11.

1.  I LOVE my kids!

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Monday, September 10, 2012

One Thousand!

1,000 Facebook "Likes".


That's 1,000 of you who love a child with apraxia.

Thank you for following, reading, voicing your fears or complaints or concerns.

But thank you all 1,000 times for sharing your little successes!

One day, they will all have a voice.

Until then....thank you from the bottom of my heart!