Today is Tuesday and we leave early Sunday morning for our week at The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, PA! I am very excited. This will be our 4th trip to the Institutes and our 3rd trip taking Cate. Since Cate is on the intensive treatment program we are able to go every 6 months for a week. Day 1 is a full day of evaluations for Cate. She will see all of the specialists and they will update her neurological profile. Day 2 and 3 will be a lecture series for Ryan and I. About 20 hours of classroom time learning more information to help our daughter. Day 4 and 5, Cate will join us again at the Institutes and we will learn her new program for the next 6 months. It is a busy week but a great one.
Cate has made some amazing improvements in the last 6 months. I fill out reports every 3 months to send to the Institutes and it is a great time to reflect on how far she has come. For example, 3 months ago Cate crawled an average of 10 feet each day. Now she is crawling an average of 115 feet each day! Now that she no longer uses her inclined floor she will have time for different exercises. Let’s see what her day will look like after our trip.
Cate loves being at the Institutes! Everyone talks to her like she is an intelligent little girl and she gets a lot of attention. She just eats it up! We get to see some great friends we have made during our trips. So as stressful as it might be getting prepared and traveling it will be a wonderful, fulfilling week.
We also get to pick up Cate’s respiratory patterning machine when we are there. It has been delivered and is ready for us to pick it up!
Charlie and Cate playing