Brady had a pretty big 'regression' with his speech over Christmas break. I realized it when we traveled to St. Louis and listened to him speak in conversations. He lost a lot of his words when speaking in sentences to others.
I volunteered at the boy's school on Thursday and sat in on Brady's speech therapy. I noticed the therapist kept recording Brady. He actually did 'ok' on some of his individual words he'd been working on, but when asked to say a phrase with the same words, it was awful. It's a hard feeling to describe, but I felt like I was punched in the gut, and felt my face getting red/hot, and I fought back tears.
Example: Brady is working on saying 'Brady', which he can say "BayDee" and he can say 'bear', although it sort of sounds as if he were deaf when he says the word. The therapist had him hold up a bear and say "Brady and the bear" and it came out repeatedly as "GeeGee a a Gare".
I found out after the session that parts like that were recorded so the therapist could show just how big of a regression he had from the break in therapy. I guess to 'prove' his needs for future IEPs.
So, we are now on the hunt for a summer-plan for him. I had previously researched a program in Detroit that is pretty amazing (Kaufman Institute) and it just so happens I have a great friend who lives near this facility for the boys and I to stay with. I'd have to have our therapist record a session and apply for Brady to see if he'd be accepted, but of course, I need a lot of professional opinions before uprooting my kids, paying a small fortune, and hoping it helps Brady if he even were accepted.
So that's where I am. I'm collecting information from everyone to find the best fit for Brady to get him some beefed up help before kindergarten this summer.
Our therapist is speaking with a colleague of hers from Pewaukee who uses the PROMPT technique for severe cases, and she's thinking it may be better for Brady to have extensive almost-daily therapy here at home throughout the entire summer. I'm hoping this option pans out so I can keep Jax home for his therapies this summer too. I'm looking into a few different programs for him to work on hand writing before kinder as well.
Here is a video of Brady from a few days ago. I recorded Jax doing some feeding and Brady motioned to me that he wanted to be recorded. This is what he said:
In other news,
The boys were home most of last week due to extremely cold temps (yes, there is such a thing in Wisconsin to be colder than cold). We did a lot of board-game playing! The boys got the idea in their head that they wanted a very specific Wii game and asked us constantly about it. This has never really happened before. I mean, they've asked us for things before, but they've never ASKED us for things before if that makes any sense. I realized later, that Brady was talking about the video game store above in that video by the way! Here's another example of the WANT, here is Brady's face when I told him NO and that we just had Christmas and we don't just 'get things' when we want them:
So, guess what happened? The biggest PARENT FAIL on our parts to date. Daddy found it at a used-game store and brought it home. Guess what happened next?
They fought, argued and yelled at each other while we told them to eat dinner. It was awful. Like two unknown little brats were just uncaged and in our kitchen.
So, we're going back to little or no unearned toys between Christmas and birthday! Don't get me wrong, they love this game (Resort Sport? PingPong, Jousting etc, it's hilarious) but their reaction was gross, and we're over it, lol! We've always believed 'stuff' makes kids nuts. And they prove us right.
I have other things to report, I'm sure, but I see this post is way too long already! I'll update soon since Brady has an allergy test tomorrow to see if we can figure out what his triggers are for his seasonal allergies and eczema. Yay :)