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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Quick Update

Monday's meeting went well.

We are awaiting final approval but it looks like Nathan will get 10 hrs of a TSS.  This person will go to school with him 10 hrs a week.  And 4 hours of a BSC.  This is a Behavioral Specialist Clinician, for the home. 

The last two afternoons Nathan has really lost it and become very upset.  I'm babysitting a 8 yr old girl this summer and it's throwing his schedule off.  We just need to figure it all out.  Step by step!

Please remember to pray for our dear friends Terri Blount and Trey Love.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Jeopardy Blues

We are considering banning Jeopardy in our home.

Why?  Is it the content?  No.  Is it our kids picking up bad habits?  No.  It's the fact that when our little Nathan, at five years old, only gets one or two answers right....he gets really angry and upset.  Friday he was so angry and annoyed that Jeopardy dared make the show so hard on Friday night that he could only answer one question.

He went to bed in tears.  Poor guy.

Today I ran a few errands while Chris was home with the kids.  Nathan called me on my cell phone all in tears because he didn't get a turn on a swing when he wanted.  I told him to wait and to share but he just bawled.  Sigh. 
We went to a birthday today for a friend who turned fifty.  They have a son who is nine and he has Autism.  He and Nathan got along great today and Nathan didn't have any tantrums or blow ups.  He did get upset when it was time to go but it didn't last too long.  It was so nice to talk to this boy's mom because she gets it!  She is living it!  It's amazing how similar Nathan and this boy are but also so different.  The spectrum of Autism seems to be both wide and vast.

Tomorrow is father's day!  We are grilling steak and ribs.  yumm

Monday, we begin to watch the neighbor girl while her mom goes to work.  She and Nathan and Emma get along pretty well.  Monday is also a big day because we will go to the psychologist to ask for approval for Nathan's wrap around services.  Nikki will come with us.  I pray this door opens as easily as all the other ones have.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Nathan is doing great with his new orthotic inserts.  He says they make him run really fast and jump farther.  They said it could take time to get used to them and he might need to wear them like an hour a day but he is doing great.  No complaints.

He seems to be really happy about them and told everyone.

A minor victory but a good victory.

Our van was in the shop for repairs under warranty.  The kids have wireless headphones for the dvd player in the van and both headphones were broken.  Under the warranty they gave us two new pair!  We thought the kids would be thrilled but Nathan had a royal fit.  He had a meltdown and was crying because he wanted his old headphones.  Not new ones.  It's amazing what sets him off.  He doesn't like change!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Break Time!

I haven't written much lately because #1 My computer is a piece of junk and half the time doesn't work.  It took me 20 minutes just to get to this point of writing this!  #2 There isn't too much to say right now.

Nathan's last day at his Thursday social group was today.  He is moving to Tuesdays and that starts up again in July.  I have to admit it will be nice to have a bit of a break.  It's tiring to make that trek out to Norristown every week.  The same goes for his OT and PT.  There will be a break.

The 20th of this month Nikki and I will meet the psychologist to try and get approval for wrap around services. 

With school fast approaching it's essential we get these services in place ASAP.

On other news my poor vegetable garden is withering and struggling in the heat.  My peas have all but died. 

Nathan has his last PT tomorrow until July.  He will get his orthotics put in tomorrow as well.  It will be interesting what he thinks to wearing them.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Good News

Miss Nikki, who is doing Nathan's FBA, came out this Tuesday to talk with me and observe Nathan playing with the neighbor.

Last week she had observed him at his social group.  Nikki said Nathan and another boy named Alex have developed quite the friendship.  I knew this.  She also said Nathan would incessantly  talk even when he was not supposed to.  She also observed him rubbing Alex's head and when I asked if Alex cared she said, "No.  Alex seemed to like it."  Ha ha

Nathan is desperate to have a play date with Alex so I gave his mom my e-mail today. 

Nikki also said Nathan shouted and overacted several times during class. 

So Nikki said after observing Nathan at home, in his class, and at home some more she is going to recommend him for wrap around services.  THIS IS A GOOD THING!  He will be recommended for a BS and a TSS.  A BS is a Behavioral Specialist who will outline a plan and work with us here in the home.  A TSS is a Therapeutic Staff Support.  This person will go to school with Nathan for a few hours a day during the week.  This is the BEST part! 

The TSS will be at school to step in if Nathan gets upset or overreacts and will immediately work on teaching a coping skill.  They can help in a playground or lunch scenario; places where the noise and crowds could very possibly overwhelm Nathan.

The next step is seeing a psychologist, AGAIN, to get the approval of the services recommended by Nikki.  Nikki will be with me when we see the psychologist and be able to give her input.

We thank the Lord as He opens these doors so easily for us.  We have not had any problems with getting what Nathan needs.  While other families are struggling to get services we have had every door open wide for us and we see the Lord's hand in this. 

We do ask for prayer as we consider moving Nathan to a Tuesday social group.  His friend Alex is going to the Tuesday group and Nathan would like to stay with Alex.  But this means leaving his other friends. 

We have one week to decide. 

And please continue to pray for our dear friends, the Blounts.    I am inserting a link.

Also please pray for Trey Love.