Originally Posted by Jennifer3141
What are the odds?? I have a DS with speech apraxia too! He has been diagnosed as PDD-NOS, with a probable future DX of Aspberger's but I walked away from all that a couple of years ago. (I'm not judging you if you haven't!!! I was just starting to feel like my DS was my test case and not my kid anymore with all the acronymns and therapies.)
So I have basically taken him out of everything and am just watching and waiting. This past summer, he finally began speaking in sentences. Most of them are grammatically incorrect, "Mama, you go shoo-shoo? (car)" But they are coming along. I decided to give him time and space and see what happens. And he is as fascinated with letters and reading as DD. He's actually my focus kid - sometimes too much so because he can perseverates on something that drives me insane (like the giant dinosaur drawing that wans't perfect yesterday and this ruined about 4 hours of his day) but for the most part, I just really like the way his little mind works.
He's my co-reason for homeschooling. We were in school, he'd be forced into full day pre-K with speech, OT, and I.Q. testing. I'm not doing that to my 4 year old!!
Good grief. I ran away with my fingers this morning. Sorry to force everyone to read through that!!
What are the odds.
We tend to not even remember the labels half the time; he has come so far that it's hard to remember him before he could speak or swing or slide or go in the water. But, there are times when his challenges (more than anything his hyper-sensitivity to the smallest disturbances, not unlike his mom
) remind us. He did do speech for 2 1/2 years, but once he went GF, it was as if the apraxia never was there. Anyways ... I know with him my biggest challenge is finding a way to honor and celebrate who he is while also helping him reign in a bit more of the "explosive" side so that he can live more harmoniously with his brothers. And ultimately, I wouldn't want him in school. I just think it's me that need(ed) the attitude adjustment.
: Today, so far, is good though. We've already had a couple times where things could have exploded between kids, but I just keep saying that we are going to have a good day and that we are cooperative with each other and kind to each other. I figured if I change my speech to what I want to see as if it is already happening, then they might be more inclined to rise to that challenge, yk?
On another note, I've been working with my BF on making a daily schedule for us (she's making one for her kids and I think a visual/picture one for my boys, even though they are learning to read, would help them really be secure in what is happening in our day rather than wondering, and would help me stick to the more "fun" things rather than just focusing in on and getting bogged down by the academics). On her suggestion, I printed out a blank grid (Sun-Sat across the top and 8am - 8pm down the side) and am writing what we do on it, but only after we have done it. I already do this for our "lesson" plans - I write down after we do each subject what we covered - it is much less stressful.
With the day/time grid, I can hopefully at the end of the week really see when exactly the boys are waking, when we are actually doing things like eating breakfast, chores, schoolwork, getting out of the house, etc. I might do it for a couple weeks and then I can have a good idea of how our over-all schedule would look.
(At least in my head, it all makes sense!)
This week we start our hs'ing PE class. My other BF has her kids in it, plus my above-mentioned BF should be bringing her kids by after the class so they can all play and us moms can chat. The boys also swim 2x a week in the evenings; dh is a former swimmer/swim instructor/coach/ref (it's in his blood I swear), so he teaches the boys and I can either join them or get 1 1/2 hours free 2x a week.
The older two also start fall baseball in just under two weeks. That's all the "organized" classes/activities we do.