Okay, just a quick explanation and then rededication. Summertime got away from us, and my last post was actually the first day of summer! Between summer school, then school starting and challenges with placement, time just got away from me. To my loyal readers, I am sorry. However, I’m back and plan to get back after it. I’m going to start with a series on IEP planning and implementation, as that is what I’m currently immersed in and thinking about.

Let’s catch up a little though. Raymond is doing well. He just turned 6, and is in a mainstream kindergarten class with a fading one on one paraprofessional. Although school started a little rocky he is in the right place now and is thriving. We have been told that academically he is on a late 1st grade/early 2nd grade level, so we are happy about that. We are proudest of his social moments though. He is really trying to be social, and is starting to gain the skills he needs to interact.

We have begun working toward self advocacy and independence. Part of our long term goal with Raymond, and part of his “recovery” (more on that in another blog post) is that he be able to speak for himself and meet his own needs. That is absolutely critical in order to make sure he does not get overlooked, used, or the like. To that end we have tried some different things in OT, like Stick Kids (which I’ll blog about, I promise) and other visual therapy aids.

Other changes: His therapeutic riding instructor, Racel, told me today that Raymond rides like a typical 8 and a half year old kid. What she meant by that is that he can stop, start and guide the horse independently using reins, verbal commands and kicks. I wasn’t sure how to react, but I did comment that we feel he is really starting to take off in some areas, and she agreed. We replaced Raymond’s OT and he loves his new therapist . She can get him to really go outside of his comfort zone, which is resulting in some big gains in both regulation and balance. Finally we start with a new speech therapist next week. He switched around to a couple different therapists, and we felt that he just wasn’t clicking with them. Hopefully this is the next step in that therapy and we can start seeing more gains in pragmatic language.

One other thing: We started using MB12 lollipops over the summer and they have really made a huge difference in both regulation and attention span. They are called revitapops and you can buy them online at www.revitapop.com . I highly recommend trying them if your child has an issue either methylating or converting b12 into methyl b12, which is part of the methylation process. They really are awesome, organic and contain no dyes, chemicals or the like. I think they are approved for the feingold diet stage 2, but I’m not 100% on that so check it first. Its late and I’m tired. Anyway, thanks for reading and keep your eye out for more blog posts!