In Physical Therapy, Ms. Pat has been backing off her therapy sessions some because Brody is doing what she wants him to do as well as progressing appropriately. He is walking around the house completely independently. He would probably be more independent when we are out and about too, but I am too afraid to let him go. He still falls a lot because of his balance issues and often face-plants. I know that kids fall a lot when learning to walk, but he has two major components for hearing in his head (the Cochlear Implants) and I don't want him to knock them out of place. Our surgeon did put tether lines to hold the magnet in place which a lot of surgeons don't do, but I can be a little over protective! Brody is also still wearing the braces that are like inserts for his shoes. They cover up right past his ankle. I think he is starting to walk better without them on, but we are going to keep wearing them until Ms. Pat says he can stop. Hopefully that is before the end of summer. He only has two pairs of shoes he can wear with the braces and those don't include cute summer ones!
In Occupational Therapy, we have a new OT (not sure if I had mentioned that before). Brody loves Ms. Debbie! She is awesome too! Brody has really good fine motor skills; we are more worried with his vestibular system and balance issues. She didn't think that we needed to go back to Cincinnati Children's for the vestibular evaluation we had talked about doing. She said she has seen a big change in his balance. He is starting to catch himself when he is falling. He is also correcting a lot of his core muscle issues!
Ms. Paula is still Brody's Teacher of the Deaf. She is only seeing him a few times this plan. Ironically, his hearing isn't the biggest "problem" anymore. He is listening and starting to follow directions. A big part of Ms. Paula's job is educating the parents (we got that part down) and staying on the parents about wearing the devices (Brody doesn't have a choice in the matter. They are on all waking hours!). He loves when she comes to play though. It is good to have her working with him to tell us what developmental step comes next. Brody will start going to the play group at Heuser Hearing & Language Academy (my school) in June. They start playgroup when they turn 2. Can y'all believe he's almost two?! Where has the time gone?! Ms. Paula brought over an Easter Egg that talks. There is a little bunny inside. You hide the egg and it calls out until you find it and open it. Brody loved it!
Ms. Mary is still on the plan as consult. Since Brody doesn't have any vision issues at this moment, there is nothing for her to really work on with him. She does however provide us with resources and opportunities to be involved with other families who have children with vision loss. We met with two women from the Kentucky Deaf Blind Project. They gave us information about the organization. I feel bad taking resources from other kids that need it since Brody doesn't anything right now. They cover kids until they turn 21. I know that we will need their services and grants in the future, but we aren't going to take money away from families that need it more than us. They offer a lot of technology grants and community involvement grants.
Brody has a standing appointment with Ms. Melody each week for Aqua Therapy. For as much as he hated it at first, he absolutely loves it now! The only thing that changed was getting the aqua bags to put his processors in so he can wear them while he is swimming. He can follow directions and interact with Ms. Melody now. He actually got excited yesterday when turning into the parking lot! Ms. Melody said yesterday that she thinks she is going to discharge Brody at the end of the summer if not before. Maybe I can talk her into letting him stay a little longer!
We do speech therapy with Ms. Kristie. We are working a lot on repetitive sound words (dada, mama, papa, baba). Brody said his first true word...MAMA! Sorry Jordan :) He is also saying Bye-Bye, go, a-a (Papa), Gr-mama (grandma), o-o (JoJo), Mmmm-r (more), Me (mickey), and all (ball). Sorry again Jordan...no Dada. We are working on it though!
We see Ms. Shelby, the LSLS, every week as well. Jordan meets my mom and Brody in Lexington for these appointments. Brody likes to perform for Ms. Shelby. He usually does more talking for her than anyone! Today he imitated ell-o (yellow) and a few more words that we had not heard before.
Brody also learned to put the magnet of his processors back on by himself! It turned into a game for a few days. Now we can tell him put it back on and point to our heads and he will do it. We are working on the ear hook next, but it is a lot harder!
Brody has also had some fun thrown into his life.
|We watch Cardinal games in our wagon with Mickey Mouse.|
|I think he's going to be a baseball fan though. He loved the game!|
|How else would you tailgate? Chips out of the grass. This kid has an awesome immune system.|
Every year, the Fromholts' also take a boys picture at the game. We had about 20 candid pictures.
We headed to Alabama's A-day game (their spring football game). Grandma and Papa Brown tagged along too. We had never been before and Jordan found a lot of "upgrades" to add on to our free tickets. We toured the game day locker room (not the cool practice one with the waterfall jacuzzi...way to let me down, Jordan), walked on the field, and had passes to the all you can eat (and Air Conditioned) buffet and seats with backs. It was a fun birthday weekend!
|He was too cool for his own books and had to read mine on the way down.|
The Easter Bunny found the Ninja Turtle Brody in Alabama! He wasn't that trilled with his basket from our Easter Bunny, but loved the basket Grandma's Easter Bunny brought. Guess I'll let the bunny know he needs to step it up next year!