Allison Graduated!

October 8, 2008 at 9:08 am | Posted in Allison, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

From Birth to 3 that is.  She saw a B-3 physical therapist from Dec 06 (a month after bringing her home) until about March 07, because she was delayed in her gross motor and also had torticollis.  She quickly caught up and was dismissed from the program.  About a month after that I was concerned about her lack of speech so I called them back.  They gave me some things to work on and if things didn’t improve I should call them back.  As you know they didn’t improve so I called them.  After some delays because of my mom’s death and things, she started with a speech therapist and an occupational therapist I believe in August 07.  She will be 3 (can you believe it!) on Saturday, and last week Tuesday was her last day with her Birth-3 therapists.  They brought cupcakes and Allison enjoyed one as you can see….

Next week Monday she starts her speech class at a local public school.  She will go Monday and Wednesdays.  The class is only a little over an hour but with bus time there and back (yes a little bus will pick her up at the end of our driveway) she will be gone from 8-10.  I can’t say the break from the little mischief maker (she is still so INTO EVERYTHING!) will be so nice, and I am excited to see what kind of progress she will make after starting the class.   For supplies she needed a backpack that a folder will fit into (which means the backpack is almost bigger than her!), a folder and notebook, a change of clothes, and diapering supplies.  So cute.  No she is not potty trained yet.  Lindsey didn’t train until the day after she turned 3, which would be this Sunday for Allison, but I’m not holding out any hope that it will happen then!  Lindsey had no interest in potty training at her 3 year checkup on her 3rd birthday.   I remember telling the pediatrician that Lindsey had no interest.  The very next day Lindsey told me “I want to go on the big girl potty.” and that was about that!  She was fully trained, at night also, in less than a week.  Allison has made good progress in the right direction but I don’t think she is ready to fully train just yet.

Allison continues to make good progress with her speech.  She repeats so many more words than she ever has, and even tries to put 2 or 3 words together occasionally.  She has probably about 100 words that she uses on her own consistently.  Keeping in mind that last January she had 1 or 2, and I believe in the spring she had about 25.  She keeps moving in the right direction.  I’m sure she’ll need speech therapy for years to come but I have faith in her that she’ll catch up eventually.

Now if I could get Lindsey to talk just a little bit less……


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  1. What an event filled week. Allison is making so many gains. I am confident there will be a time when you say, I wanted her to talk more??:) The exposure to other kids at school is always amazing, they learn so much from each other. I love the first few weeks of a child being in class just watching the changes with amazement. Ok, can you tell I love my job?

    Glad to see things are going well.


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