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9.29.2011

PRESCHOOL ASSESSMENT 2.

For Cole's birthday, he got to go to 3 1/2 hours therapy and assessments...he was NOT to happy about that! Cole had his 2nd preschool assessment...he qualified for ALL of the services they offer...physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy & visual therapy.  He also has yet ANOTHER diagnosis, Cortical Visual Impairment (thanks Ashley) the eye's are HEALTHY, but the connection that sends info to the brain is not working.  I mentioned that he started watching books on his ipad...but can't seem to watch a movie on it...and he can't watch the TV.  This is their example of what happens...Elvis is on stage, there's lights & music and it catches our attention...well, the kids who have "this" can't process that and NEED to look away. But, they were VERY excited Cole already had an ipad because they use them in therapy for this diagnosis.  So, he gets to use his ipad AS MUCH AS HE WANTS!!!  (he grabbed it off the table by his self today!).

In addition  to what the school district is offering him (each therapy is about 30 min/week)...so he is obviously going to need more.  We are doing PT, OT & SP privately through a hospital.  We are also doing 6 sessions (2 hours each session) in October at an extensive rehab place...it will be about $2000 for the 6 sessions (nope, no insurance help).  Yes, it is VERY expensive...but we have to do this while he is fresh from his "S's"!!!  If we feel like this has helped...and he needs more...we MIGHT do the 3 week course: 4/hrs day & 5 days a week...that is $6000!!! We will need to do some bake sales just for that!   But, this is the only place that has the neuro-suit and some other stuff "normal therapy" doesn't offer.  We took a tour and were pretty excited to start it! Cole's friend, Bertrand went for a tour...Bertrand is in a wheelchair...they had him FREESTANDING on his knees in 30min...this is incredible for Bertrand...we hope lots of good things will happen for Bertrand!!!
(yesterday Cole did A LOT of FIRSTS....YES FIRSTS!!!)
He jumped on the couch for the 1st time!
 He played with a ball for the SECOND TIME!!!
He figured out how to lift his leg up!
He found his TOES for the FIRST TIME!
He climbed on the couch since his surgery.
He was so excited he got up ALL by his self!
 His head is healing quite nicely!
oh...today he climbed over my leg because it was in the way!!!

3 comments:

  1. OMG, I love hearing all the "1st"...it's like eating candy! hahaha
    Keep them coming, good job COLE!

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  2. WOW, Cole is making so much progress!!! In one year you will look back to where he was before the surgery and be amazed at how far he has come. Oh by the way, it's called CVI (cortical visual impairment). Little John used to have it when he was a baby, but it went away on the ketogenic diet. I think Bertrand still has it (Cristina can correct me if I'm wrong or if it's gone away...!).

    You guys are doing GREAT! -Ashley

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  3. Cole is so cute. really enjoyed every bit here.Preschool Assessment Form

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