Mj receives 90 minutes of speech/ language therapy every week at school. It’s a combination of one-on-one and group sessions. We have been blessed to have wonderful therapists in the past and I truly hate that he’s going to miss it for these coming weeks. I am going to Dr. YouTube, Dr. Google, Dr. Jesus, and a few therapists that I know, to ask for resources that I can use for Mj until this time is over.
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It has been a busy month in our household! Between MJ’s life Skills class, Social Skills Group, and my daughter’s activities, we all have pretty much been stretched thin. MJ has now completed the life skills class and for us the biggest accomplishment was that he now independently and consistently ties his shoelaces! That made it totally worth being as tired as we all were. I was so pleased with the class that I will probably sign him up again sometime next year and develop different goals for them to work on with him.
Today marks our official first day of Winter Break! I am so thankful that we will all have time to relax a bit and enjoy the holidays 😁.
While rummaging through old files, I found this old picture of MJ. I had to gather paperwork in order to take him to the intake meeting at the new facility. My heart jumped when I came across the paperwork for Mj’s first evaluation at three years old. It brought back so many memories of how I felt at that time. I was scared, confused, angry, overwhelmed and lonely. At that same time I was hopeful and I just knew I loved and wanted to help my little boy. I call it a “hurricane of emotions.” My feelings were like a whirlwind, tossing back-and-forth and around. I sat for a moment- sitting, thinking, reflecting, about the years that have gone by. I am still on a mission to continue helping my son. At times I am still scared and even overwhelmed, but I am so thankful for how far MJ has come. So thankful that he is a happy child. So thankful that he has friends. So thankful that I see him becoming a little more independent as time passes. The intake meeting went very well. They described all of the clubs and activities that they had to offer, as well as offerings for my daughter! As for today, there is no “hurricane of emotions.” I am hopeful…let’s see what’s in store.
MJ 8 years old
This picture shows some of the wonderful therapists that work with MJ every week during his social skills group. He is making great progress and really looks forward to going (which I believe is partly because they are all beautiful)! I notice that he is initiating conversation more and his conversations are more reciprocal instead of sounding like an interview lol. We have seven more weeks in the program and we are excited to see what more he learns.
This past week MJ had homework for his Social Skills group. He had to call someone from the class and give information about himself. He also had to remember to ask the classmate about himself. I was very nervous about the call because MJ’s processing time is sometimes slow. There have been times when we’ll ask him a question and he’ll answer it in about 5 minutes. That is a long time to wait for simple answers. Anyhow, When he made the call he said, “hello” then looked at me and said, “what do I say next!” It was so difficult not to tell him exactly what to say! Prior to the phone call, I did write one question down that he could ask his classmate. I pointed to the question and he said, “what did you do today?” After that, they had a conversation on the phone. It was exciting to see him go back and forth in conversation on his own. Through the conversation, he found out that his classmate enjoyed swimming just like he did. They were on the phone for about 5 minutes which was actually great for his first time speaking to this person. With continued practice, we are hoping that this becomes easier for him.
Recently I received an email that outlined a social skills group for kids of different ages. In the past, We have found that our insurance never covered these types of programs/therapy. It was always thousands of dollars per year for this type of therapy. As MJ is getting older, we are finding that it is crucial for him to receive additional help in this area. As it stands, MJ believes EVERYONE is nice and EVERYONE is his friend. He needs help with learning what a “real” friend is, what an acquaintance is, and how to have reciprocal communication with people. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that our insurance did cover it! The sessions are for an hour and a half, once per week. MJ works on various skills with kids in his age group. He even has homework that will help reinforce the skills that he learns during the group. We just had our first session and so far he did great! He seemed to enjoy it and wants to go back! I am praying that this is beneficial for him and that he can take these skills and use them in his life.
Remember a couple of weeks ago when MJ tied laces while in therapy? Remember all the celebrating? Well today and every day after that celebratory moment has been downhill in terms of tying shoe laces. He hasn’t done it since that day! At therapy, Ms. E. Tried everything she could, to get him to tie it again😒. When therapy was over we just looked at each other and honestly, laughed. We both KNOW that he CAN do it! It’s obviously just on HIS own time. This is not to say that we are giving up. We will never do that. It’s now time to search out other motivations for him to consistently complete this task.
This was MJ at 3 years old when he was first diagnosed. He was having fun completing a sorting activity in his special needs Pre-K. He has always had that smile and has always loved school.
Yep you guessed it…He needed TWO therapists to assist him at the same time. This pic is from 2008 (4 years old). He needed one person to basically hold him down and one therapist to actually do the activity with him. During those days he would yell, scream, and cry during the first 20 minutes of therapy.
Some people say “it’s not good to look back”, but in this case I am glad that I do. Looking back is really helping me to see how far he has truly come. 🙂