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Made me proud :)

I overheard a conversation Cole had with a friend today during his playdate which made me very proud.

Friend: Wouldn’t it be great if there was never any school again?
Cole: No! Because then we wouldn’t know anything, even as parents we wouldn’t know anything!

Such a wonderful change from grade 1 when he really didn’t want to go to school at all. Amazing what a difference getting the right glasses and Eye Tracking Therapy can do!

Flying Notes

Today Cole wrote notes on little pieces of paper and sent them flying to me on his slingshot airplane. They said things like “Mama I want chocolate” and “Mama I want this show”.

Final Eye Therapy Session

Cole is finally finished his Eye Tracking Therapy. He started in January of this year, the program could have taken as little as 10 weeks but we went slower to make sure that Cole had a good handle on all of the exercises and was confident before we moved to the next challenge.We did take a break in August for camping and his birthday and then again in September because of our family crisis, but we made it through and I couldn’t be prouder of all the progress I can see in Cole now!!

The final assessment showed amazing progress. During the initial exam and assessment he struggled to complete the tracking exercises and had real problems with copying a paragraph and writing from dictation. He was able to finish all the tracking exercises in 1/2 of his initial time and with only 1 or 2 mistakes instead of many. His written work was amazingly better, he completed both the paragraph copy and the dictation which he hadn’t been able to do the first time, and he did it with only 1 or 2 mistakes. I am so pleased!

The eye/hand coordination assessment which went over all the exercises we had done with him for his therapy showed great improvement as well. He now knows how to center himself on a line or to line up with a mark on the floor so that a ball with hit that mark using left or right hand. He needed so much coaching to do that at the beginning. He can slow down and focus on what he is doing and now his brain is trained to know where the objects are in space so he can consistently hit the swinging ball with his hand/wrist/fist/head, he can balance with no troubles on the wobble board and bounce a ball with either hand and always hit the mark on the floor.

Not only has his reading and writing been improved by this therapy but so has his play. This whole process has made a huge difference in his self confidence and his enjoyment of school.

Eye Therapy Assessment

Cole had his first Eye Therapy Assessment today to see what our base line is for correcting his Tracking Issues. His eye exam on January 15th showed that he does indeed have a tracking problem which is contributing to his difficulties in reading and writing. Much thanks to Cole’s principle for remember that his hockey buddy does this kind of Eye Therapy and has had good success with other children.

Watching Denise go through the booklet of tracking and writing exercises was painful for me, I could see how hard Cole was struggling to finish. He really wanted to do well and he just couldn’t follow the numbers across the line when there was nothing to join them, especially if there was a jagged left line, he would often miss the starting numbers and begin in the middle of the line, or start a line over again instead of going on to the next line. When he had to copy a paragraph he would start a new line from the paragraph each time he ran out of space copying a line, thus missing the last 1/2 of each line. Writing the dictation was even more painful, he could barely retain what was said and it seemed that as he got more self conscious he had a harder time remembering his phonics and getting the information down.

He had a lot of fun trying the various hand/eye exercises with the hanging tennis ball, the badminton racket, the basket ball, and even a wobble board. I can already see that this will be a challenge. Denise says that this is a 10 week program, but that we may take longer if we want and can make sure that Cole is confident with each set of exercises before we move on.

Rock Star Haircut

Cole is having his school picture and our family portrait taken tomorrow so Daddy took him in for a trim. The rock star look is cool but we might go for a more tame look for the pictures. ;)

Fun at the Movies!

After the ShowWe went to see “How to train your dragon” yesterday, it was a fun family film. Cole was enthralled by the idea of making friends with a dragon. I think he will be looking for dragons the next time we see a cliff or a few trees resembling a forest.

Imagine my surprise when I went into the theater, after buying coffee, to find the seat hubby and Cole had saved for me and saw my in-laws instead. They were taking in the show with their daughter, what are the odds? Hubby was able to surprise them on his way to get popcorn. Nothing like an arm coming from behind your seat to steal some popcorn in order to put a twist into the visit to the movies.

Cole and his cousin both look great dressed up for the movies. :)

Cabin Fever Solutions

Since Cole was home ‘sick’ this week we had to keep him entertained. This got harder as the week went on as we succumbed to cabin fever. Unfortunately for us Cole wasn’t really feeling sick; he just had a few spots up to 15 at a time, each day the oldest ones would fade and 1 or 2 new ones would appear. Since none of them ever turned into chickenpox type blisters we felt safe taking him out into the world as long as he wouldn’t have close contact with other kids.

sushi lunchmall trainOn Thursday I had a Career Transitions training class; so Daddy had the fun of entertaining Cole all day. Cole got to watch Daddy get a Chiropractor adjustment, had a sushi lunch at the mall, rode the mall train, and even got to visit his favourite store ever, Toys’R'Us! I wish my sick days were as much fun.

waiting for pancakesIn an effort to stay slightly sane today, Friday, I dragged Cole out on a walking tour of the local shopping mall. The tour started at IHOP for a pancake lunch. We then took the longest possible path to Walmart in order to look at, but not not buy, the toys and read a few books. Next stop was Coles Books to read more books, gotta love a kid that can spend an hour in Walmart and still spend 1/2 hour looking at books. After all that fun I took him grocery shopping. I’m not sure, but I think I may have worn him out a bit, he even asked to go right home and drooped a little in his carseat.

Home with Spots

Cole with spotsWe noticed a few small spots on Cole’s shoulder Friday and a few more showed up over the weekend. A friend of ours mentioned on Sunday that the spots looked like Chickenpox to her. Since none of the spots had developed into blisters and weren’t open sores, I wasn’t worried about him going to school. I did look up the BC rules for sending kids to school with Chickenpox just in case that is what he had, this is what I found:

Since Cole had been listening on Sunday, when his teacher asked about the spot on his neck, of course, he said he had Chicken Pox. He was immediately packed up and sent down to the office to wait for me to come pick him up.When I got there it was apparent that the school staff wasn’t sure that it was Chicken Pox, one teacher said it looked like spider bites, another said that it looked like an allergic reaction. However the end result was that I still had to take him home.

The doctor appointment was inconclusive as well. Our family doctor said she wouldn’t have pegged the spots as Chickenpox, but that they are viral in nature. Apparently the spots aren’t presenting as Chickenpox normally would but then since he is vaccinated he wouldn’t present the same. We were advised to keep him home an extra day to make sure there are no new spot. We are allowed to send him back to school 24 hrs after no new spots.

We are now on day 5 since the first spot appeared and those first spots are fading without forming blisters, but a couple of new spots have appeared. This means that Cole gets 1 more day at home with Mama ‘just to be sure’ and to keep the other parents at the school from worrying. I’m still not sure what it is that Cole has but hopefully it goes away soon!

For the first time Cole insists on wearing Jeans with buttons instead of sweat pants!

All it took was refresher training on which to do up first, the button or the zipper. Daddy says button and Cole agrees. :)

Rocking the PSP

Poetry in motion

Watching my 6yr old rock Spiderman Friend or Foe on the PSP .. a father couldnt be more proud …… *swoons*

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