Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Developmental Therapy: Volume 1

Today was Dexter's very first session of developmental therapy. I had been nervous about it. I bet he picked up on that and that's why he decided to wake up at 6am. This put his nap time right when she got here at 10. He did well and lasted about 45 minutes before going into meltdown mode. To be fair, meltdown mode was called into action by the removal of markers. Dex is in love with coloring/drawing lately.

His therapist's name is Shannon and she is great. Not only does she have kids, she has kids who have been in the program before. When she told me that I felt so much better. It's always nice for the therapists to be parents themselves. (No one understands kids and their idiosyncrasies like parents). She brought a guitar. It was so funny to see how Dex reacted to it the first time she strummed it. He also liked dancing and clapping along to the songs she was singing.

The best part: She gives us a note with a run down of how Dex is doing, and what we should be doing at home in between sessions. This is invaluable to me, because lately things go in one ear and right out the other. All of the therapy Dex needs is a little overwhelming at times. It's good to have instructions and progress reports all there in black and white.

I have a lot of faith in this. A few of the folks on the parenting forum I frequent have kids in Early Intervention. They've done nothing but rave about how well their kids are doing in the program. It's also nice that his therapist seems to genuinely enjoy being around him. I can't wait to see where he goes from here. :D

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Tomorrow is Dexter's official first day of therapy. :D

Monday, May 17, 2010

Back to 365

Somehow, this is the only picture I took on 5/11/2010. :(


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Assessments part 2

Today the occupational therapist came by to take a look at Dexter. She was a lot more helpful than the other two in regards to placing where Dex is at in all this. The way she described it to me was kids tend to develop and learn things in a linear way. One thing leads to another, leads to another, and etc. Dexter has managed to skip some steps. Some of his fine motor skills are advanced, some are right on target, and some are a little behind. She said the goal of his therapy is to find out how he got from A to C without hitting B.

They're recommending occupational therapy in addition to the developmental and speech. This means that 3 days a week Dex will have therapy. This is going to be fun...

A 365 post should be coming soon.