Do you remember the scene in the movie "Men In Black" where Will Smith enters the secret Men in Black headquarters for the first time? He discovers this cosmic-ultra-bouncy-ball that bounces all over the building reeking havoc and destroying everything in its path when Will Smith touches it. Do you remember this? I am convinced that this cosmic-ultra-bouncy-ball was lodged inside my son's body today, causing him to thrash about the house uncontrollably in a way the made me believe that this was Olympic event that I hadn't trained for. And of course extra time to deal with this cosmic-ultra-bouncy-ball was in short supply because the lack of Arizona sun made it difficult for poor old mom to get out of bed (staying up to watch Conan, had nothing do with, nothing at all). I will have better day. Coffee will be involved.
So, as I promised I will fill you in on our meeting with Karis' government people. The government provides all of Karis' services (for now, as of next month we have to pay for part of it, we just don't know how much that will be, darn AZ budget deficit.) So, they want us to set goals, and every 6 months evaluate her progress, set new goals, and change the course of her therapies if need be. Understandably so, I don't want to waste precious days, anymore than they want to waste precious money. Here's the run down of the meeting...
Some of her previous goals were:
To walk by the age of 18 months -goal met
To improve eating with a spoon (being fed with a spoon)-so that we no longer have to push her tongue down, and the food stays in - goal met
To learn new words- goal ongoing, she only learned one new word in the last 6 months *sigh*
To use her signs "more" and "milk" consistantly- goal met
Here are some of her new goals.
To master feeding herself with a spoon, and introduce, and master using a fork.
To learn new words, and new signs, and use them consistently.
To understand and obey simple commands, like "go get your milk."
To nod her head yes, and shake her head no.
(The last 2 are actually just our goals, they didn't make it into the report.)
Of course there are many more things that Karis will accomplish in the next 6 months, but these are the goals that relate to her current services. And, I say that these are some because, honestly, I can't remember everything we discussed at the meeting, and I don't have a written report yet. These are the goals that are most important to me.
So, internet land, what goals do you have for your kids, special needs or not. I know for Keaton, I would like for him to pray on his own more, (without just repeating after us). We are also working on getting him to color neatly, and to take his time and do his work well, at home and at school.
Do share internet land....I'm off to make a pot of coffee.
Karis, 21 months