Thursday, February 7, 2013

Therapy Update

Just as a refresher for my memory I thought I'd review Asa's current therapy routine. Asa gets speech, OT and PT at school. He has speech on Mondays and Wednesdays for 30mins each. He was going in with a group for a little but now he has the SLP all to himself. He gets OT once a week. They work on things like copying lines, cutting and working puzzles. Asa tends to not look at what his hands are doing many times so all the skills are really helping. Asa also gets PT once a week. I'm stunned at how quickly he's gaining new gross motor skills right now! This has always been the area he struggles the most and now he is excelling. They are working on going up and down the stairs, pulling to stand and working in a tall kneel. Asa is also doing extra therapy. We started doing feeding therapy again a few weeks ago. Asa started wanting to eat but he was having trouble chewing and swallowing efficiently. So far it's been a lot of fun! I'm happy to know that even though he is slow he is doing all the right things to swallow without choking. The SLP is also working with him trying new foods and some sensory stuff. We've started using taco seasoning on a lot of his food. He has eating broccoli twice because it has taco seasoning on it! He's trying a lot of new foods! He's done Aquatherapy for over a year now. It went really great for a long time. Asa's first steps were in the pool. His first real walking was in a pool. The pool is awesome! Several months ago Asa got really tired of working in the pool. He screeched and squealed nearly every week. Just when I was thinking he was done with it, he flipped and started enjoying the water again! He did lose it this week though. We try really hard to get him out before he gets exhausted. That way he politely signs "all done", gives hugs, waves bye and gets out and redressed. This week he just fell apart. He screamed, cried, gagged and hit himself. As I tried to change his clothes he hit himself and the changing mat, both of which sounded like I was hitting him! Goodness, I ready to get him out of there! I've turned in an application for Asa to try hippo therapy. There are only 25 spots so I'm not sure if he'll get picked but I tried. Other years I've filled out the application but backed out before turning it in. I'm not sure how he'll feel about horses and I'm highly allergic but I thought we could at least try it out! I know this a pretty dry post. Maybe I'll get some pics in next time!

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