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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Long Overdue Update on Trevor's Speech Therapy

Boy did we ever luck out with the people in Trevor's life.  We started him in preschool a year ago to help his speech and his teacher is AMAZING!  We love her so much and have become friends with her and her family too.  Her 17 year old daughter is actually Trevor's girlfriend. ;-)  He sure loves his 'NaNa'.  Anyway, between his therapist, who we also adore, and his teacher, Trevor has come so far.

When he started he pretty much used 'Ma' for everything.  Quite quickly after beginning preschool he added new words and began babbling in his car seat after school everyday.  Yellow was one of his favorite words for a while and he still will say that is his favorite color.  His teacher, Miss Mary, was so eager and willing to work with his therapist, Miss Tina, and the two of them implemented so many things in the classroom that helped not only Trevor but his classmates as well.  He loves to go to school every day and he loves the routine that is established and if I try to stay in the room too long to talk with Miss Mary he will tell me bye-bye and try to shoo me out the door! 

Before preschool, Trevor was taking a while to reach his goals.  After starting preschool, he was meeting his 6 month goals within a couple of months.  Miss Mary and Miss Tina are quick to react and adjust his goals and the boy is just thriving!  Once he had some speech under his belt, it became evident that his cognitive skills are advanced.  He has long known the entire alphabet in upper and lower case, what sound each letter makes and examples of words that begin with each letter.  He can recognize and spell his own name and the names of all of his classmates.  He knows numbers up to at least 20 and has recently starting pointing out random numbers like '99' if he sees it written somewhere.  And he has actual conversations now!  I am constantly amazed by all of the stuff this kid knows!

What has also become evident is that he has some sensory issues and those can appear to be behavior problems to the untrained eye.  He likes for things to be very structured and has strong feelings on certain things he feels he needs to control.  Like opening and closing of doors and the order of some events.  For instance, if he wants his cup before his food and you give him his food first, a complete meltdown happens and you have to take everything away and start over or he will be inconsolable.  This also translates into difficult transitions.  Thankfully Miss Tina fought for him to start getting some OT and we have begun incorporating that.

Overall he is doing fantastic and has made huge leaps and bounds this year and we are so proud of him.  We are also immensely enjoying his fun and entertaining personality...and his willingness to take care of letting the dogs in and out to the yard.  Such a helpful, wonderful child that we love so, so much!
 
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