Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Ferrets and More...
-Reilly wants a ferret...what the heck?
Every time we go past Petco, she begs to go look at those (creepy) furry little animals.
I can promise you that as long as she's in our house, this animal will not cross my door step. I tell her, though, that whenever she has a house of her own, she can have as many ferrets as she wants.
-I've mentioned Griffin's past in previous posts. He did not babble as a baby, and has been in speech therapy since he was 2 years old. He has the unofficial diagnosis of being "Apraxic". They did not want this label to follow him around for the rest of his life, so this diagnosis is not in his files.
I've always worried that this would affect his academic success. Until now, his teachers had assured me that he was not having any difficulties in the classroom. Although I hate to compare him to the girls, sometimes it's impossible not to.
He came home with a story web that he had completed at school. I guess he had read his writing to the teacher, because she had written the correct spellings above his attempts. There were a few sight words that he had spelled correctly, but he wasn't even in the ballpark with the others. Steve came in later and asked if I had seen Griffin's paper and asked if it was normal for a typical 2nd grader. I told him that I didn't think it was, and that I was going to go back through the girls' 2nd grade folders to compare.
I went in to talk to his teacher the next day. She told me that she was also concerned, because he didn't seem to be able to correctly identify sounds in words (with the exception of the initial sounds). She asked me to talk to his speech teacher, and she suggested a hearing test before we proceed with formal testing.
Griffin has had several of these, so I'm sure this is not the problem. Now, selective hearing is another thing, but every kid suffers from that.
Anyway, the school nurse promised to test him this week, and we will go from there.
If there is a problem, I'd like to get started now instead of waiting until the 3rd or 4th grade, when he is REALLY behind.
Syd's writing sample (Nov. of 2nd grade)
Reilly's writing sample (mid year- 2nd grade)
-Sydney made the varsity basketball team. We were all shocked, because she has never played organized basketball. She was surprised and ecstatic with the outcome. She, too, had also pretty much resigned herself to the fact that she'd be playing JV.
-I had another MRI and EEG and will let you know the results a little later when I have time to write more...