Friday, January 30, 2015

So.Much.Progess.

All by Myself!

File yesterday under "Best Day Ever!" and in fact this whole week under "Best Week Ever!"

Izaiah's auto-immune issues continue to heal and he is responding wonderfully to therapy. His sensory issues are now easier to regulate and he's making some cognitive leaps too. Here are a few areas we have been working:

1. Drawing circles using the Injini app. .
2. Identifying nouns using the Bitsboard app. 
3. Fitting shapes into a visual light up toy that announces colors, numbers, shapes, and fruits.
4. Therapy Putty. It took 4 weeks for Izaiah to be able to touch therapy putty! Exercises to Do.





5. Index finger/ thumb, pincer grasping while picking out the objects in Discovery Putty. 
6. Rock walls. Izaiah has conquered his and can climb it without assistance.
7. Able to use a glass or drinking container without straws or sippy cups or assistance. 
8. A couple of 'pedals' on his bike.

Hard to believe that just 13 months ago, auto-immune issues kept this boy in a stroller!

Even if under the care of a professional therapist, one key to success is practicing therapy at home. A tool that keeps me organized and motivated is a journal. It also is a useful, written, document.

I used a spreadsheet to create an 'at-a-glance' type of journal. Here is a blank one if you want a template. I also have a filled in one so you can see what we are doing for therapy at the moment. Each page represents a week of therapy. What this is not is just a check-list of things Izaiah can/cannot do. No, this is a checklist for me to be sure I am engaging throughout each day in playful ways that encourage relational interaction, taking turns, eye contact, pretend play; and motivate Izaiah to desire to interact with myself and others. This helps me keep on task, even when the day get hectic.

I do keep track of his abilities as an indicator to me to add fresh and more advanced ideas or to flag areas where we need to concentrate. At first, I just marked the activities with an 'x' but now that Izaiah is putting in more effort and has better ability, I fill in each box with 2 numbers. One number represents a one-to-five scale for focus; 'one' shows 'not focused'; 'five' demonstrates interest and concentration.' The other number represents ability. A 'one' indicates 'needing hand over hand assistance' and a 'five' denotes 'completion of a task independently.'

If you are having major behavioral issues I wrote an article for HEDUA magazine located here. 


Romans 5:3-4 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope.







2 comments:

  1. The last time I saw him all he could do was sit in the stroller and look miserable!!! Praise the Lord who has opened doors for you!!!!!

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    1. Thank you 'walking.' Trying to figure out who you are, obviously I must know you IRL! Thankfully we have been able to ditch that stroller and Izaiah can last a full length day and night with activity. It has been a long, hard, road, but God did open a door with an amazing doctor who has gone above and beyond what we ever thought possible and the improvement continues. Thanks for your encouragement!!

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