Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Speech Evaluation Update

We had the second part of Allie’s speech evaluation last week and it went pretty well.  We’re still waiting for the final report but the therapist said that her impression is that Allie’s articulation is age appropriate and she doesn’t suspect any apraxia, which is not unusual for kids with cerebral palsy, but that her sentence structure and grammar is a bit delayed. 

We are taking a week off while we wait for the therapist to write the report, send it to our insurance, and see if we qualify for speech therapy.  If all goes as planned, we’ll start the on-going therapy next Friday and continue indefinitely.

However, her speaking seems to be increasing and improving exponentially on its own and I’m a little inclined towards not doing the therapy.  We’re holding off judgment until we see her official scores.  I don’t want to ignore a problem if there really is one but I also don’t want to overpack her (and our) schedule unnecessarily.  We shall see... 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Allie is having a baby brother!

We found out last week that Allie will soon be a big sister to a little brother.  We are all very excited.

Other than that, we've had a pretty mellow and fun week.  We got a lot of snow and Allie has been loving it.  She has declared herself a snowman and she takes great pride in helping her daddy shovel snow.  We went for a long walk yesterday, stomping on snow hills and throwing snowballs.

It was a fun time.

She had the first of her two-part speech evaluation though the Children's Hospital last week.  We should get her final results this Friday but, so far, it looks like Allie is scoring age appropriately for her receptive language (what she understands) and her articulation (which she has previously scored really low in during our county-run speech evaluation).  However, she scored a little below age appropriate for her expressive language, specifically in her vocabulary and sentence structure.

Some examples of her weird structures include:

"No Allie knock over" instead of "I won't knock it over"


"No I like it" instead of "I don't like it"

Allie just recently started putting together more complex sentences but we've seen such dramatic growth in the span of just a few weeks, so I guess we're still not too worried.  We shall see how the final scores look.

The whole speech therapy is a bit more rigid than we're used to (and, frankly, than we like).  It took us months on the wait list to get a spot, which happens to be at the most inconvenient time imaginable.  Our mid-day Friday spot means that I have to leave work and Allie has to leave school early, and there isn't really enough time to justify driving her back to school. We can only miss one weekly session every two months or we get kicked out and lose our spot, and being late can count as an absence.  I'm hoping that a more convenient time opens up and we can switch spots at least.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Pizza Night

Allie, Jonathan, and I are home alone again after my mom (Grandma), her husband (Opa), and Jonathan's dad (Papa) all left from their birthday party visit.  We decided to make a dent in our leftover pizza stash for dinner and we challenged Allie to eat with Righty for fun.  She took the challenge and showed off her skills.  See one of her many Righty bites below.   

In mid-April, we will be starting Allie's third KKI constraint therapy program.  She's old enough to do the full-time program so her left arm will be in a full cast for an entire month and she'll get 3 hours a day of therapy.  I'm nervous but it seems like Allie is at a point where she's really excited to use Righty.  Nights like tonight make me feel like she at least won't starve during the month.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Happy Birthday (Party)!

Allie's 3rd birthday party was today and almost all of her friends from school were able to come as well as many of her friends from outside school.  It was a packed house but a lot of fun. 

She got a Thomas the Train table from her dear friend Erik (Ri-ak, as she calls him) and all the kids hovered over it during the party.  It was clearly a huge hit.

We had two activities for the kids.  The first was a cupcake decorating station where the kids got to load cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles.  Allie and all the kids piled around the table shoveling cupcakes in as fast as they could but somehow managed not to smear frosting all over everything.  I was impressed.

After the cupcake novelty wore off, the kids moved on to a gift bag decorating station.  They seemed to have a lot of fun coloring, stickering, and glittering bags to take home their goody bag material in.

When it was finally time for us to sing "Happy Birthday", everyone was cupcaked out and Allie got a little bashful.  And then Jonathan laughed and blew out all the candles.  A quick re-light was in order and Allie rose to the occasion.

This was by far the most kid centric birthday we've had so far.  It's hard to believe that she's almost officially three years old, and it shocks me how much she's grown up since her birthday last year and (especially) the year before.  My baby is growing up so fast!