Thursday, January 25, 2007

Early Morning Pondering

Yes, yes, yes! The sun is shining after what seemed like weeks of rain! The beautiful winter weather is what usually makes me feel that living in Texas is somewhat reasonable (my apologies to Texans, but I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Yankee who can't help herself) The past few days have begun to make me feel a bit loopy, or I should say, loopier.

This morning I'm taking J., my NT son, to be given a full evaluation by the school district. He only receives speech therapy right now, but he failed the motor skills screening, so they want him back. He didn't like the testing last time, so he wouldn't even try on a lot of tasks.

I've packed a bunch of bribes or shall we say positive re-inforcers. Last time we were there I found myself thinking, "He's at least average, I'm sure he is!" Having two younger ones who will definitely need special ed, I find myself really hoping against hope that J. will be for the most part "typical".

J. is adopted, and I don't think he got great prenatal or postnatal nutrition, but he's the funniest, most creative kid around. With all the articulation problems that he has, I imagine that learning to read will hold some challenges for him. That may be the dyslexia teacher in me jumping to conclusions.

Well, I'm taking the sunshine as a good omen, and we'll just see what comes. I'm trying to cultivate a more Zen-like approach to things in general. Yoga breathing while in traffic, etc. So far, so good.


mumkeepingsane said...

I'm the same way about Patrick's older brother. Please just let him be NT. I'm not sure why that is and I feel a bit guilty thinking it. Recently he's had his hearing tested and if all that comes back normal then the ped wants to asess for receptive delays. *sigh*

My younger sister, also adopted, is an adult now and I remember her going through some learning and speech therapies. We belive she has fetal alcohol syndrome.

BTW, thanks for commenting on my blog. I thought I'd pop on over and say hi! :)

Mom to Mr. Handsome said...

Sending good vibes your way! I never liked how evalutaions were determined sometimes over one brief encounter. Suckers and chips always sway Gabe :o)

Good luck!