Thursday, September 18, 2014

6th grade is here

It has been quite some time since my last update. Our summer was pretty quiet we mostly stayed indoors due to the hot days. In August school started. In our area 6th grade is the start of middle school and at our school that means going to the jr/sr high campus. it is the same school with the same creative arts principals and standards they just have two campuses to best fit the needs of a growing k-12 school.

6th grade is quite the adjustment for all kids not just Tyler. This year he is struggling so far with organizational skills and not turning in completed work on time. This will be something we will need to fix soon so new good habits can take place.  New to 6th grade this year each student gets a google chrome book to use at school and many assignments are done on the computer.  This part is very helpful for Tyler because he has such a difficult time writing and other being able to read his handwriting.

At the end of last school year the Occupational Therapist wanted to continue sessions until January 2015 when we will discuss it further.  It has only been 2 sessions so it is too early to tell if it is helping, plus it was not offered for him to attend during the summer. Have a great Fall everyone, since we are on maintaince now I likely won't be updating often, so don't be surprised if it is another 3 months or more before I blog again!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Updates

Well for the past 2 months Tyler has been going to weekly occupational therapy sessions.  He hates to go and tries to negotiate getting out of it each week.  The therapist says he is doing good but it is still too early to tell.  Out of the two months there has been several school days off on his regular scheduled day.  In brief conversations with the therapist I got the impression she might want to continue seeing Tyler longer than the trial period.  I think that is great because it is really hard to know if it will help him long run in such a short amount of time.

Tyler has taken a liking to the world of video games.  While I know it isn't good to always sit in front of a tv, I do think it has helped him a lot.  It helps him do some critical thinking, use fine motor skills with the remote and interact with other players both online and in person.  Don't worry I still make sure he takes breaks to go outside and play with friends but lately he has become a hermit if we don't force him to get off of the video games.

Send some positive thoughts our way. I put Tyler on a wait list for this 1 day program called Surfer's healing . It is a 1 day special event for children with special needs and they take the kids 1 on 1 out in the water to surf.  It is such a fantastic program and it is at no cost to the families.  Tyler probably will not want to go if he gets chosen but I think it would be a wonderful experience for him.  It is held in Southern California so we would have some travel costs.  Don't tell Tyler because it will be a secret and surprise if he gets chosen.  His anxiety gets so high I am sure he would stress himself out if he even knew I was thinking about it.  it isn't a for sure thing anyways since he is on the wait list.  If it is something God wants us to do I know he will find a way for us to get there as far as travel expenses.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Testing results and Iep

Well two weeks ago was our annual Iep. Before this I requested an assessment in occupational therapy because of Tyler's fine motor problems in handwriting. Now the results were what I already knew is Tyler has some major sensory processing issues. Tyler used to get help in this area until age 4 or 5. We have just adapted and so has he to function in his daily life.

Anyways the therapist was concerned enough to recommend he do weekly OT sessions in a sensory room. So next week he will start after school. I am sure it will be quite an adjustment for both of us but I really hope it will be helpful for him. As for the rest of the Iep goals changed but overall he is still getting help in math and accommodations will continue in the class and for testing.

Tyler is still quite the fun, cute and interesting kid that often puzzles us all. Health wise he is doing great. A couple months ago we started to add back in small amounts of dairy to his diet and so far he seems to be handling it well. So that is about it for now.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Technology saving Grace

For those of you who don't already know reading doesn't come easy for Tyler. He has a hard time tracking the words, saying them and then trying to comprehend what the text was about.  Someone suggested I get a Nook for Tyler. At the time we really didn't have the money but decided to make the investment for him anyways.  I already prepped him in advance that this was not a toy and it was to be used for educational purposes only like reading books and typing reports for school. So far it has worked out in that order and he hasn't asked me to put any game apps on it, actually I don't think he knows it has the capabilities of games and I'd like to keep it that way.

In the Nook store they have a selection of books at his reading level that will read the story to you while you follow along.  Tyler hates to read but not so much anymore with the NOOK and the read to me stories.  it has helped him the last two months with book reports and he has been very interested in the books I chose for him. His current favorite series is called The Adventures of Rockhead. it is kinda like a comic book storyline but the voice over is very animated and keeps his interest in the story.

I would love if this was an option for him to have at school but unfortunately the world doesn't work that way.  This NOOK is way to expensive for me to send to school with him, even though his teacher has suggested it and told me other students bring theirs to school.  I recently put in a request for the school district to do an assistive technology assessment on Tyler. Hopefully the assessment will show that having books on something like the nook that are read out loud will help Tyler to be more successful in the classroom.  We have also found an app called List Note and it allows Tyler to speak his thoughts and the app types it for him. Now the app doesn't always recognize his voice and often makes errors but I think it can be a helpful tool for him in the classroom too. I will keep you posted but likely the testing won't be started until the new year because of the holidays and they have specific time lines they have to follow.

I just want to thank all those creative minds in the world for really bringing technology forward. It has really helped a ton of people in more ways than I am sure anyone ever imagined it would!