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!