The main idea is to emphasize integration of the auditory and vestibular systems together. Since there is such a close connection with visual functioning, visual processing also will likely improve – particularly spatial awareness and the concept of time and space.
Posts Tagged ‘sensory disorder’
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
The Internet is a wonderful and terrible place sometimes. One of the things I have leaned on through our entire journey with hearing loss have been the other blogs, the other kids and parents who have gone and are going down the same road we are. I share their journeys, worry through cochlear implant surgeries for babies who I’ve never met, celebrate milestones.
And I sit back, realizing how different our journey is from all of theirs.
We’re going through the same steps, of course, but at the same time Danny is so different. These kids are signing and showing hearing recognition less than 2 months post-activation, babbling after 3 months. They are super stars! And I get so excited for them, but then I look at Danny and have to remind myself that it’s not a race.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and in the end most everyone will be a winner. And Danny is a super star himself, maybe not on the vocalizing side, but really to have him hearing at the level he is, and giving the responses he is, is pretty incredible.
With Danny’s latest IFSP meeting coming up, and his impending occupational therapy evaluation, it’s more obvious than usual that Danny isn’t your typical cochlear implant baby. His continued battle against solid food is now being referred to by some as an oral sensory texture … thing. A pit in my stomach is dreading the evaluation, because no matter how much I know Danny isn’t typical, I hate hearing it laid out on the table.
I wonder what our journey would be like if he didn’t have to work so hard (more…)