Addison started speech therapy in October of 2015. She tested about 4-5 months behind in her speech at the age two. We were told she could benefit from 12 sessions with the therapist. She went weekly for 7 months to Katie. She worked on action words and generally sounds. Then she progressed to group sessions with a boy named Andre for a few months. Andre and Addy learned to engage with each other and use their words to communicate. In September of 2016, Addy went back to individual sessions with Katie. She focused on a few specific sounds. Around the same time, Addy was evaluated through our school district for therapy. She qualified for speech and started immediately. The school set up is very different from Katie's office. At school she goes twice a week with a group of 10 kids and 3-4 teachers.
Around March of 2017, Justin and I noticed that Addy was accomplishing all her goals. We knew our sessions were scheduled to end with Katie in May. Katie gave us the option of continuing through the summer or finishing. After a few weeks of testing, it was confirmed that Addy was speaking above her age level. We felt it was time to "graduate." Addy's last day of speech was last week. It was a bitter sweet moment. Katie did so much to change Addy's path and we are forever grateful.
The school district is also graduating Addy. We decided for her personally it was best for her to finish the school year. So she is still going twice a week for a few more weeks, even though they aren't working on age appropriate sounds. We are all so proud and excited for Addy.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Addison has been seeing a behaviorist since October. Our weekly visits to Susan have been amazing. We have learned to identify Addison's behavior that are caused by sensory imbalances and which ones are just normal 3 year old behavior. This has allowed us to learn how to respond to her. Not only has it made parenting easier, it has also helped Addy learn boundaries. Since she doesn't get away with some behaviors she used to, she is a much happier kid.
Susan taught Addy and I proper disciplinary actions as well as strategies to coop with the sensory side. Her guidance and wisdom will never be forgotten.
Susan and Addy created a very special bond over the last six months. Addy looked forward to seeing her and telling her about her week and any "big feelings" that arose since our last visit. They spend an hour a week playing games, exploring the doll house and checking on her animals at the vet. I believe Addy looked at this time like an other play date.
On Addy's last day, Susan brought cupcakes, connect 4 and a stuffed kitty cat. The gifts were exactly what Addy would have picked out if she did it herself. It just solidified how well Susan knows Addy.
We will miss our Tuesdays but know Susan is off helping the next child.