Saturday, November 13, 2010

Transitioning from Early Intervention to Preschool

I cannot believe that Nathan is almost 3. Where did the time go? We have spent the last month and a half meeting with the school district a couple of times for transitioning Nathan into their preschool program. I was so worried... worried that Nathan was doing so well and making SO MUCH progress that he wouldn't qualify for services.

Yesterday was the official testing. Nathan sat very patiently for 2 hours being tested on speech and his overall development. He was such a champ! I can say that he sat so well and worked so hard with the therapists that the testing was very accurate.

The results: Nathan has the understanding of speech of a 48 month old. (He has a need to know what is going on. I would too if I feared the doctors as much as he does!) On the flip side, his articulation puts him in the 7th percentile for his age. A plus is that we can put in feeding goals for Nathan at his IEP since Nathan's speech and eating problems are directly tied to each other. We are having his IEP with Nebo School District on January 7th. I wasn't all that impressed with his teacher over the phone, but hopefully it is because I don't know her. I'm still very nervous transitioning Nathan from Early Intervention to the school district. I'm sure things will work out, but its what I have been used to and I think sometimes that I struggle with change.

One thing that Nathan can say very clearly though when asked if he thinks the baby in my belly is a boy or a girl is "No... Nathan is the baby!". Maybe I'm not the only one who struggles with change...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue!!! (And Mulan too!)

Nathan just ADORES Toy Story. Ever since we took him to see Toy Story 3 last summer he is constantly talking about Buzz Lightyear. Even in his sometimes garbled speech you can make out, "To finity and yond!" We bought his costume about a month and a half ago and he likes to strut his stuff in it at least 3-4 times a week. If we didn't need to get to his g-tube I'd let him wear it all of the time.

Poor Ellie! I got 1 (yes just 1) picture of her at Halloween. It was because we were at the ward trunk or treat and she was DYING to get started. We went along for about 10-15 minutes before the wind, rain, and HAIL!!! came. It was quite comicle to watch 350+ people scream and run to their cars all at the same time. Since Jake had his leg in a cast and couldn't get it wet, we decided to bag trick or treating and went home to get in our pj's and watch Jumanji with the kids. We made some yummy pumpkin cookies and popcorn and made a mess all over the place! It was super fun!

Nathan had so much fun trick or treating. He even tried to eat a couple of chocolate bars which is a big improvement over last year.