Saturday, June 22, 2013

Therapy Update

The last session of therapy (which was actually double the normal length because we missed an eval!) didn't go well.  I just didn't get on top of things and get them done...but this time, we have renewed interest and stamina, possibly because we took 6 months off!

It is hard to believe that we are already over 1/3 of the way through this therapy session!  It is going by quickly - and keeping all of us very busy!  

For the most part, the girls like their therapy...there are certainly some things that are a challenge and that are difficult for them, but overall, this is a great mix of fun and challenging for both of them!

This is Callie's chart.  I have decided to put it on my computer instead of having a big chart.  It is a challenge getting to it, but I have a print out that I work off of between marking things off on the computer.  The hardest part of being able to get to the computer is that we are doing a lot more computer school - but more on that in the next post!

My goal going into this session was NOT to make the 100% (which after 20 months really burned all of us out - hence the 6 months off!), but to make the goal to be 80%...that means 4 days/week we get through everything.  Which is not how it works in reality, but it is a nice thought, lol!  In reality, we have a few things that are missed each day, then on Friday, we try to make up that list of things.  And we try to make the things that were missed different each day.  Callie needs someone there for about 80-85% of her program.  She needs help to get set up, help to balance, help to read aloud, help to recite, etc.

If I do not get her going first thing in the morning, she will normally ask if we can get to her therapy by the time Bible is over.

By far, her favorite 2 activities are taking a long walk, and hitting a balloon back and forth with a paddle!

This next chart is Brianna's.  While Callie is averaging the 80% that I want her to, Brianna is averaging a bit higher.  She tends to get through her program more consistently, averaging like 4 1/2 times each week.  She is able to do about 70% of her program on her own, so she is able to keep going and get things done when no one is available to help her!  And she loves to cross things off on her chart.  She really hates it when she has 'holes in her chart' as she calls the blank spots!  It makes for a great combination, especially for the things that she really her dot to dot book, Mind Benders (it is a logic puzzle book), and reading.  She is just taking off with her reading this time!  I am looking forward to seeing where she is at at our next evaluation!

Cyndi Ringoen incorporates school into their therapy routines.  and she does it in such a slow, steady, 5-15 minutes at a time that it is manageable to do.  And at the same time, the results are pretty incredible.  Callie is reading at a mid 1st grade reading level at this point, even though if she were to be in public school, she would only be in kinder starting in Sept.  She is my earliest reader, and the one who has done it with the least amount of time, effort, and energy on both of our parts!

Brianna's therapy is taking about 2 1/2 - 3 hours each day, and Callie program is taking her about 3 1/2 hours to get through.  We have what are considered to be 1/2 programs right now.  It really is all that we can manage...though there are times when I wonder if it would be better to be trying to do more - would it be twice the results?  Or would it just go undone?

I have resolved to not think on this a whole lot, as it can really get to me!

I am pleased with how therapy is going overall.  I am also excited to see the results which mean changes in the girls!

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