We had a wonderful trip to Philadelphia last week! With the exception of myself and eventually Cate getting the flu. Although Cate did much better than I did and her symptoms were extremely light. Ryan stayed healthy and took care of us all!
Cate’s evaluation day was amazing as always. I am always so impressed with her progress. The parents spent 2 days in lecture series IV. We learned more about the physical program, seizures, and the social program. It is amazing to see how the Institutes focuses on the entire child. In order to graduate from their program you must be physically, intellectually, and socially at or above age level. They focus on all of these aspects of a child’s life from day 1! We met a young brain injured lady while we were there that completed a triathlon in the fall. She was a very sweet, intelligent, mature girl.
The last two days of our visit involved us learning Cate’s new program for the next 6 months. All I can say is crawling, crawling, crawling, and more crawling. We will be spending a lot of time on the floor. She is also going to be doing a new oxygen enrichment program added to her current one. We have some big goals for our next revisit in October and I am confident she will reach them all!
Her intellectual program is becoming much more advanced. Since her eye sight has improved so much we can now try to show her commercial books. Before the print size in commercial books was too small for her to see. Remember, she was completely blind less than 2 years ago. Since she can read independently and speed read (about 3 seconds per page of words) I am really hoping commercial books will work well. I don’t think I can make enough homemade books to keep up with her. I just went to the library and got a huge stack in the 3rd-4th grade level. We will be continuing with her math program and adding problem solving and adding in encyclopedic knowledge to her bits of intelligence.
One expert we saw on the last day taught us facilitated communication. Cate uses a letter board (with arm assistance) and can write out sentences. She did very well with the expert and we learned her favorite books are science books. It may take a few weeks for her mom to learn how to properly help her with the board but I am confident we will succeed and will learn a lot more about what Cate has to say!
Being awarded the certificate for completing the requirements of the Child Brain Development Course at the Intermediate Parent Level. This includes completing lecture series IV and over 8,000 hours of brain development program.
We learned a lot yesterday during Cate’s evaluation. She knows much more than we ever realized!! Cate can read (that we knew) but she can also read independently, read and understand words she has never seen before, and relate words to her environment. She is only 2.5 years old! She got her understanding victory and her crawling victory!
We do not test her at home so when we come to the Institutes for her evaluations we learn where she is at neurologically. Testing takes the fun out of learning, that is why they ask us not to test right now.
Cate loves her intelligence program! In the past 6 months Cate and Charlie have learned to read 1,500 new words, 69 new books, 650 bits of intelligence, they have learned numbers 0-100, and addition.
Cate and Charlie doing their intelligent program at home.
Ryan, Cate, and I made it to Philadelphia yesterday! Cate did very good on the plane and in the car. Charlie is at home with papaw playing with her new Buzz doll and very happy.
We are staying with our friends who are here with their son too. They have an amazing story, http://www.defyingthediagnosis.com. I am so impressed with how hard they work and how far their little boy has come!
Each time we visit or send in a report to IAHP we also make a video so the experts can see her progress and the execution of her program at home. This is done every 3 months. Here is the video of Cate. I have taken out her oxygen enrichment (so no one tries it at home) and kinesiology tapping (because it is long). If you are interested in learning more about these things let me know. I also wrote a blog about the oxygen enrichment last year that may explain it better, http://www.injuredtoincredible.com/2014/07/24/respiratory-patterning-machine-and-masking.
I look forward to brining you more updates this week!
We will arrive in Philadelphia today to start our revist week at The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, iahp.org. I love this time with our friends, Cate’s advocate, and all their experts. They will do a full day of evaluation to see all of the accomplishments of the past 6 months, the parents will have 2 full days of course work, and we will finish off the week with 2 more days of learning Cate’s new program for the next 6 months.
The past few weeks have not been great for Cate. She injured her arm (just now feeling better) and she had a serious seizure this week. She did not have to be admitted to the hospital but she did have to be sedated. We have pretty much given up on trying to figure out what triggers her seizures but we do our best to be prepared when it happens. This was her first seizure of any kind in 5 months.
Cate is now feeling good and ready for her trip. She does pretty good with airports and flying so we are ready to arrive. I will post her revisit video this week. She is crawling really well!
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Cate at the airport waiting for our flight.