Sunday, June 2, 2013

Therapy Load Increased

Before I tell you about the new therapies that Allie will be getting, let me tell you how fantastic Jonathan has been this past month. I was traveling for work for half of May and Jonathan seamlessly picked up all of the slack and took wonderful care of Allie.  Thank you Jonathan! 

OK, now to the therapies.  We have been watching Allie's speech development since she was diagnosed because her stroke wiped out what would have been the speech center in a typical adult's brain.  She has received a few formal evaluations and has scored well enough on them to keep her from qualifying for speech therapy.  Last week, Allie had another evaluation and she is still scoring well with the number of words that she knows and says, but... her articulation is not great.  She will be receiving twice monthly speech therapy from now on to try to make her more intelligible   

Another issue that we've been keeping an eye on (pun intended) is her vision. Her ophthalmologist suspects that Allie has a visual field cut that makes it hard for her to see to her right side.  But, Allie is too young to do any of the tests to confirm it so she told us to encourage her to look at things to her right side and seek out a vision therapist if we start noticing any real neglect of her right side.  We haven't seen many instances of Allie ignoring something on her right but her occupational therapist noticed a few small things so she flagged us for a vision therapy evaluation.  I'm still not sure exactly what a vision therapist does, but our formal evaluation is this Tuesday and we will know more then.

So much for our easy therapy schedule.

Aside from therapy, summer is in full swing and Allie is loving it.  There is a splash park within walking distance from our house and Allie thinks it is the best.     

It is fun to watch her play with the other kids.  She makes friends quickly and is happy to run around our town square playing with them.  Last week, she met a girl who was almost exactly the same age and was holding a plastic toy cow.  Allie walked up to her and must have complimented the cow because the girl ran to her mom, got a toy pony for Allie, and the two of them started having pony and horse races around a big square bench.  They played until the girl had to go and then Allie and I headed home shortly afterwards for dinner.  

I'm looking forward to a summer full of pool trips, outdoor activities, and a week at the beach.  


  1. In spite of all the challenges, you have a very happy family. And that is the best predictor of a happy childhood. Looking forward to pictures from the beach!