Posts Tagged ‘occupational therapy’

It’s Official

Sunday, September 12th, 2010 by by

Seamus does have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). To what extent and what sub category, I don’t know yet; Kieran was being a booger at the appointment, and I missed half of the testing the OT did. We couldn’t talk much after, because Seamus kept taking off and grabbing everything. We will go to OT once a week until the end of the year – after that, his insurance will only provide 24 visits a year – along with his 2 speech visits each week.

Seamus also got into Head Start, which I’m very thankful for. They are also going to help us with further testing; he still shows quite a few signs of Aspergers, which can go hand in hand with SPD. He starts school on September 20th and is in the morning class from 8am-11:45am. I’m excited but sad at the same time, sad he won’t be home but glad to get a little break from him 4 days a week.

It’s taken over 3 years to finally get to a point that things are making since with him, but I’m glad we are finally on the right track. I’m glad we will be learning better ways to help him learn and get him caught up (like learning ABC’s, counting past 10, more then 3 shapes, how to draw more then lines, etc) and how to deal with his behaviors. I guess part of his behavioral issues are from SPD, because he doesn’t know how to handle the emotions and will outburst instead.

My cute blinkie that Niamh on JustMommies made for me


When Things Go Well

Monday, October 12th, 2009 by by

To say that parenthood has been easy lately would be an outright lie. Tackling Danny’s – everything – and Eric’s potty training and being 3 (whoever coined ‘terrible twos’ was a liar) has been a challenge. I think all parents hit those weeks or months where it’s just exhausting as much as it is rewarding, and I’ve been in one of those stretches.

Of course, that doesn’t mean I don’t love my kids, nor does it mean that there haven’t been lots of awesome things going on. I’ve just been…tired. Worn.

Wednesday evening was OT. We’re still working on eating, specifically right now (more…)

Making a Liar Out of Us

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 by by

When we started receiving therapies for Danny, we knew changes would not come quickly. These things take time; it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Right? Right.

So how come Danny is taking leaps in his eating?

Who knew OT would be so…messy?

The truth of the matter is that OT has had little to do with (more…)

PT & OT sessions plus some creative child proofing skills.

Friday, July 10th, 2009 by by

So, it has been a little busy around these parts. Eh hem. Someone (Ian) is deciding that teething is going to interfere with their only nap of the day making it hard for me to accomplish anything. We also had 2 therapy sessions yesterday. Both went well considering we had to deal with all the kids. Normally Bill and Donna come over to take care of the girls so that Ian has our undivided attention but because Bill is recovering from shingles (please keep him in your prayers for recovery), we had to have the girls along with us.

The morning session was OT with our coordinator, Stacy. Ian really likes her. I’m going to have to get a picture of them together the next time. She is a cutie and full of energy. Anyway, he is doing impressively well. She is very happy with his overall improvements and is glad to be able to work more on the fine motor skills with him. She did say that we need to get him to try and learn some words and gave us some ideas to do so. He says mama, dada, all done (a-du), cat (da or ga), knob (do or no), and a couple of other things but you can probably see the pattern…da. Da everything although there is a definite difference when he says each one. If we don’t see improvement by 18 mths, we are going to call in a speech therapist to evaluate him. Personally, I think that with 2 sisters who talk A LOT, he is sometimes left out. I know he will catch up and am not worried at all.

Then we had our PT session, again with the girls in attendance. It was a bit easier this time as they played by themselves for a bit of the time. Sonia was very happy about his fluidity in transitioning from laying to sitting and pulling up. He even stood by himself for a good 10 seconds a few times. She also worked with getting him to walk behind a walker. The problem is that there is no resistance. We solved that problem! We put a 20 lb weight in the walker and WAA-LAA! There is now plenty of resistance. Just since yesterday, Ian has improved quite a bit. I’m working on getting video.

We are still on the line about the braces for his ankles. She sees a marked improvement and said that (more…)


Just a Number

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 by by

I’m a number person, and I always have been. Through school, math was always one of my favorite subjects, and once I was in high school physics became a close second. I’m good with them, good at memorizing numbers, analyzing, and manipulating. It’s what I do, and it’s no surprise to find myself married to an engineer. We like concrete results and equations and results.

Not a very good way to be with children.

Sand tables: brotherly playtime and sensory therapy in one!

It seems like everyone, at some point, wants to test and score and rank Danny. Every 6 months or so from the time he got out of the hospital, it’s been similar stuff: developmental tests, follow-up clinics, motor and mental ages, questions all over the place. I think it was doubled by the fact that we also just did our occupational therapy assessment, which was another list of questions to answer and results drawn from a test instead of a child.

I’m not a big fan. I’m not sure (more…)

Occupational Therapy

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 by by

The life of a CMV (Cytomegalovirus) baby is a busy one, as Danny well shows. Once a week we see our friend from the deaf school and work on listening and language. Once a month we make the journey downtown for a cochlear implant mapping session. Every other week another friend comes in to work on physical therapy.

And now, we add a new therapist to the mix.

We haven’t done our semiannual IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan) meeting, used to coordinate services and adjust Danny’s plan as necessary, but after the evaluation done tonight it is pretty much a given we will be adding an occupational therapist to the mix. Where physical therapy works on gross motor skills, occupational therapy works on fine motor skills and sensory stuff. Danny didn’t cooperate at all for the evaluation; he didn’t take his usual nap today, so he spent most of the time sleeping and the rest of it crying. We spent the majority of the time talking (more…)

Another round of OT/PT!

Monday, April 20th, 2009 by by

We had our 2nd visit from the ECI service coordinator and then 2 days later, his PT specialist. Both are fantastic ladies! Stacey does Ian’s occupational therapy (which basically covers all fine motor skills), cognitive development, social development and speech therapy. He isn’t really delayed in all those areas but she incorporates them all in to 1 or 2 activities just the same. It has been very educational for me because although I am a teacher, I have only taught 4th and 5th grades. This stage of development is all new to me.

Stacey started with teaching me how to describe items such as the small, blue cup or the clear cube and how I need to present choices to Ian. I have also started doing this with the girls. Not only that, we are trying to learn simple commands such as “Give Mommy the toy” and “Put the toy IN/OUT”.

Then we had our 2nd visit of the week with Sonia. She is our PT and works with Ian on his gross motor skills and balance. Sonia also recommended that Ian wear shoes during playtime for a minimum of 4 hrs which pans out to be most of the day. In the 4 days that he has been wearing his really cute Nike all white high tops (tee-hee…they are cute), he has gotten markedly better & more confident at standing and pulling up. The theory behind the shoes is that it provides Ian with a larger surface area to distribute his weight on to. This helps with his overcompensation issues (locking the knees, tightening the leg muscles). He is actually standing with his legs more relaxed and bent at the knees which he use to not do. He is also pulling up on EVERYTHING without assistance. We are very impressed with the improvement in such a short amount of time.

I took some time today to do another video of him and I working on the PT. If it is a little loud, the girls were also up. Sorry the view isn’t the best but I had to put the camera where the girls couldn’t get to it.

I hope that blogging about this and posting the videos help someone else!