First of all, Happy 30th Birthday to Mattie! He’s the happy recipient of 30 micro brews for his big day! We love you, Matt!
We spent most of his winter break/birthday week sick :( We all healed up quick enough to get some yummy ribs (his choice) to celebrate last week. It was nice having a whole week off to spend time together. Noah got pretty used to having his daddy here everyday after naps. Play pals :)
Speaking of naps…. Here is a cute picture of Ash curled up between Noah’s legs to keep warm. Normally she doesn’t have much to do with Noey, so that made this moment exceptionally picture-worthy!
This past week we had Noah’s yearly IFSP meeting. IFSP stands for Individual Family Service Plan, it’s where all of Noah’s service providers (i.e. therapists) come over, and we talk about last years goals, and set new goals. The EIOD, which is the county chair for Early Intervention also attended this meeting (she approves or denies services). Noah must have known how much importance she carried because he went right over to her and was his charming little self! :) I think she was sold on his big life, she approved everything we requested AND MORE!
As most of you know, we have a lot of trouble with Noah keeping his glasses on… endless torture for us all. Early Intervention is approving for him to receive a Vision Therapist come and meet with him and try to figure out the cause of his aversion to wearing the glasses. (sensory issues, physical discomfort, etc). Hopefully, it will be a behavior change we need to make and things will improve, but we are so thankful that we were given the “go ahead” with this next step! ((plus, I never knew this existed!!))
We are also going to start receiving consults with a Communication Therapist. This differs from a Speech Language Pathologist in that they will work with devices to help facilitate communication. They will work to get to know Noah and see what style of device will be best suited for where he is developmentally. We are very optimistic about this consult process! We have already been working with a bare bones device called a BigMack. It’s essentially, a big red button that if Noah pushes, it will repeat a previously recorded word, sentence, or phrase. Right now, we have been working on the words “Marshmallow” because, well… it’s the most motivating thing for little man :) Secondly (and probably more functionally important), we are working on “more”. (below, in the image, I was signing “more”, and as you can see, Noah was clearly paying attention to my hands. This is a BIG deal for communication. His eye-contact and paying attention has been consistently improving… which correlates with him beginning to imitate and express more)
Noah has been quite receptive and expressive with understanding and imitating “more”. Motivation is a HUGE deal though. But isn’t that true with us all??
Over all, the IFSP meeting was greatly encouraging and has spurred me on to push him even harder to achieve all that he is capable of doing.
Lastly, we were also given permission to increase his Spec Ed therapist from once a week, to twice a week! She works on pretty much everything! So, it’s great that we can have her twice a week to create an even more structured therapeutic experience for Noah. (now, we just need to find another opening in the calender book!?!?!)
Above, is a picture of Noah playing on the climb wall at developmental playgroup. He sure enjoys walking along and grabbing the stones!
While we were waiting to meet with the Geneticist and Neurologist last week, Noah got a lot of time playing with daddy and all the toys at the doctors office.