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Friday, August 27, 2010

Hearing Evaluation

David had his hearing evaluated yesterday. He passed without any trouble. I didn't think he had a hearing problem, but its good to know for sure. David is kind of liking all this special attention and all the activities his "teachers" have him do. He really likes Dr. Slack, the ENT where he had his hearing checked.  After the test, David said, "I should get my ears checked, since I never listen to him." I quickly responded, "Since now we know your hearing is good, I expect you to listen to me!"

I am going to get David (and William) an eye exam soon with Dr. Olivos. I don't think they are having any problems with vision, but again, just to be sure as we are investing a lot of time into remediation curricula. We have great resources around us, might as well take advantage of the thorough evaluations. Scott had an eye exam done before we started his reading program.

Then we'll go back to the dentist, blahh....

So our first week of school went ok. I had to do some extra nagging to get one of the boys to do some extra work. There has been no XBOX all week. I am going to virtual school now to double check all assignments are in and we can hopefully relax for the weekend....

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

2nd Day Speech Therapy

David's first day of speech therapy was an evaluation. No surprise to me that he has profound phonological deficiencies.

Today was his first day of treatment. Therapy was pretty interesting. The therapist sat in front of a mirror with David and named the parts of the mouth and neck. She had David tell her what his palate felt like to the tip of his tongue. They looked inside each other mouths. They felt each others vocal cords work with vibrating sounds. David easily recognized when the vocal cords weren't involved.  David is a very co-operative student.

This is what I found most interesting.  He can't pronounce /s/ well. He lateralizes his tongue too much and only a short sound comes out. (Hopefully I explain that right.) To motivate and reward him to get it right, she sat him on swing and told him to say letter sounds. For a short sound, like /k/ he only got a short ride; as long as it took to say the sound. She told him to think of a longer sound. He immediately thought of /sssssssssssssssssss/ and he got a long ride as he took a deep breath in and exhaled out and said /s/ for a long time. They played that for a bit.

When we got home I had David give his brothers a lesson (practice in disguise)  from  what he did today. He repeated everything verbatim. Something dawned on me. A few blog posts ago, I explained how David couldn't blend CVC words because he made everything sound like a vowel.

For example CAT:

When he tries to blend /cat/ he says /caa/ /aaa/ taa/.  Like it is three syllables. And then  he doesn't recognize the word he is sounding out. I could not get him to shorten his sounds to blend.

Now was my chance to reiterated to David that these 3 letters have short quick sounds in this word. He was eager to try it and he successfully did sound out the word cat. And as easy as sounding out cat may seem, he has never been able to do that.

John has been in a little denial that the boys have dyslexia. As we talked tonight. I pointed out things to John that he hasn't thought about. My readers know we have profound to severe dyslexia on both sides of immediate family. But John only writes checks and medical notes. He does not type, text, facebook, e-mail, compose creative writing or any writing for that matter ( I write his letters). He does not read novels (or my blog). His handwriting is the worst of the worst physicians. He  reads his medical books, contracts (in detail) and  magazines. His studying has always been methodical. He says he remembers everything he hears (heard) in class. I don't think John is a severe dyslexic, but don't expect to communicate quickly, if at all, in writing with him. I definitely see language patterns in my house.  John is mild. Scott is profound, David is worse than Scott. William didn't learn to read at an early age, but I don't see any dyslexia in him. They are fortunately all geniuses.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Weaning -- Part 1

I happen to be in an extremely important phase of breastfeeding rarely ever talked about, I guess because there is not too many people who know much about the phase I am in, although certainly plenty who will want to pass judgement (that I am still lactating at my age :) ). I want to remember some of the significant dialogue that goes on in my house and here is my chance to share.

Me: David, how old are you?
David: Practically 7. ( It was 6,  than 6 1/2, now it's practically 7.) ( I am practically 45.)

Me: David are you going to nurse past your next birthday.
David: Sure. What difference does one more make?

Scott: David, what if I told your karate class you have night-nights.
David: Who cares? I am practically a brown belt.

David asks me: Why do you call it night-nights.
Me: What do you think it should be called?
David: Breasts.
I explained to David it's easier for babies to call it night-nights (or nah-nahs, or milkies, etc...) when they are babies because, they go to sleep and call going to sleep going night-nights. I explain to him in public it's more acceptable for a mother to say to her baby, "Do you want night-nights" instead of "Do you want breasts?" Night-nights implies a bonding connection of love.

Me: Do I still have milk?
David: Mmmmmmmmmmm
Me: Why do you still nurse?
David: Cause it's soft.
Me: If it's soft and there is no milk, why does your mouth go there?
David: It's soft right here.(and he shows me).

These two photos in this post were recently sent to me by Shannon Mitchell, my friend, in Tampa. They were taken prior to the hurricanes my family tried to get away from. It was the first time I had seen the photos since they were taken 6ish years ago and it really took me back to that time and to the mode  of parenting that I was in. Time just passes way to quickly, especially in relation to our babies. Who'd ever think that the cute little 8 month old would have so much to say about breastfeeding. He was just a baby yesterday. The cute little girl is Shannon's daughter.

I've got lots more to share on this subject. The title of my post gives away the bittersweet ending.  I hope you are interested in staying tune.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Dyslexia, Habits and Such

A speech/dyslexia question for Science Geek,

I finally have two leads for local speech therapists to look into for David.  You wrote me a comment before about LiPS program and Earobics on the computer to help improve his auditory discrimination and memory. It's been a along time since we dialogued, so I wanted to know to know if you think those are still the best two programs to inquire about.

David recognizes a "c" makes a /c/ sound, but when he speaks he says /t/. Cat is tat. Isaac is Izit.
When he tries to blend /cat/  he says /ca/ /a/ ta/.
(I am trying to keep a list for when we do go into therapy, so I may add more here. Also, my list may potential help other readers recognize problems.)


People come to my blog searching for an association between bedwetting and dyslexia. I am not aware of an association. (Leave a comment if you have tho ughts on this.) Scott has never been a bedwetter. David is a bedwetter. The DDAVP, time, diet, awareness, whatever, seems to have helped a lot. He rarely takes the medication (he took it about 3 months and rarely wets the bed now. The urge to void wakes him early in the morning and he gets out of bed himself.

me- yes
john -never
William- yes
Scott- never, has long, strong claws
David - bit them to the bone, and all of a sudden I notice he has long strong claws like Scott. I am not sure what changed this summer.

I get asked about how to clip baby's nails. Personally, I bit them off my babies and did not like using clippers. When they nursed on the right, I bit their right hand nails and vice versa. Mittens get in the way of a good latch. If you got to use them, take them off when you breastfeed. Would you eat with mittens on? Don't you want to look at those cute naked little hands all the time?

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