Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Look who arrived at the Sasha house yesterday! Christopher Pop-In-Kins!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
I get so emotional when I watch things about vision therapy, the program that P just competed 28 weeks of.
It is so frustrating that as parents we have to do our own research and find resources ourselves.
The fact that we can't trust opthamologists to make a treatment recommendation for us is unbelievable.
If we had "waited" as it was suggested to us by our opthamologist, where would our son be today? Father behind, that's where.
And I worry for those that can't afford vision therapy. We spent almost $4000 out of pocket, and it was so worth it, but what about families that don't have access to funds like that?
Such a shame that insurance companies don't recognize that vision therapy works.
To end on a positive note, though, P has made fantastic strides since we began vision therapy in May. Although I'm not sure that reading will ever be easy for him, his tracking and focusing have improved so much. He also has had the best attitude through this all- I am so proud of him for that. He understands that everything we are doing, and all the hard work he is having to do, is towards the goal of making reading and school easier for him.
As a supplement to vision therapy, he began Interactive Metronome therapy a few weeks ago with our OT and are already seeing progress there as well.
The IM program provides a structured, goal-oriented process that challenges the patient to synchronize a range of hand and foot exercises to a precise computer-generated reference tone heard through headphones. The patient attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor actions. A patented auditory-visual guidance system provides immediate feedback measured in milliseconds, and a score is provided.
Over the course of the treatment, patients learn to:
- Focus and attend for longer periods of time
- Increase physical endurance and stamina
- Filter out internal and external distractions
- Improve ability to monitor mental and physical actions as they are occurring
- Progressively improve coordinated performance
Since we suspect P has a visual processing problem in the background, IM will hopefully help him in many areas. Our IEP meeting is on Monday, and I'm anxious to figure out what the school will be able to do to help support his education.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I am taking a tap class! So fun!
Last night we worked on relaxing our leg and doing some fast taps and, hell, I forgot what it was called, but here is Vera-Ellen doing it correctly, like I will never be able to do!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Cars 2 DVD is down to $15. I wasn't that impressed when we saw this one in the theatre, but it's grown on me now that we own it and have watched it a few more times.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Last night the Mr. and I watched one of my favorite Christmas movies, Love Actually. Such a great movie! And this morning I headed to iTunes (and Amazon as well) ready to download Billy Mack's "Christmas is All Around", and I can't seem to find it available as a single song! iTunes doesn't have it at all, and it's only available on the full album on Amazon. Any other ideas on where I can purchase the song? I pretend to be technologicaly savvy, but we all know I'm not.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
And only $4! I couldn't resist.
Snoopy with blue ears
Monday, December 5, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Not sure how long this deal will last, but Amazon is offering $10 off $100 on electronics & toys + additional $10 off $50 in future savings on electronics & toys when you enter coupon code ZKGYLEBT and use MasterCard as payment for your purchases.
Scrabble Slam Cards sell for about $5 in stores, but Amazon has them for $3. Would make a good stocking stuffer. However, I am TERRIBLE at word games and avoid them at all cost myself.
ThinkFun Rush Hour 4
Amazon will adjust off $5 once both items are in your cart.
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