Saturday, October 18, 2014

Jacob's Annual IEP Meeting

This week was the annual IEP meeting where I sat down with all of Jakes therapists to discuss his progression over the past year and their goals for the next 12 months.

The Occupational Therapist informed me that Jake is at or beyond his age in this department, using his right hand 95%+ of the time, using forks and spoons, doing well with his signs, and using a 4-finger pincher grasp when coloring.  He is drawing, but his goal is to make the plus sign and a complete circle on his own - things that a normal 4 year-old would be attempting to do. She says he does pretty well with the scissors, and LOVES to cut things (so hide the scissors at home!), but he can't quite do a straight line all by himself yet. She said another goal was getting him to button and un-button things.  

The Physical Therapist reported that Jake is quite the runner (bahahahahaha! - ya think?? ) and has escaped from the playground area a few times.  But they're working on getting him to actually listen to instructions and follow them.  She said that he's stopped a couple of times when they called to him, which in my estimation is a HUGE improvement over the last 12 months.  She said that he's only used the toiled 1 time, so there is lots of improvement there.   I explained that Jake does quite well when he's buck nekkid, but the minute you put clothes on him, the reverts.  So, that will be another thing we will continue to work on. 

Speech Therapy was actually better than expected.  He's enunciating several of his vowels, signs several words, and is making slow progress.  I asked if they thought there were issues with his ears, and the ladies all agreed that he listens to instruction.  We decided that his issues are primarily due to stubbornness (go figure!)

Jake is now learning his colors in sign language, follows simple instructions, and they are working on giving him 2 sequential instructions to follow, which he does occasionally.  

He's extremely cognisant of the feelings of others, and will hug anyone who is sad, and try to care for anyone having fits or crying.  

The ladies seem to adore him, which is always a good thing from a mother's perspective. 

All in all, I'm thrilled with his results.  He's at, or above age in everything except for speech, and even in that area progress is occurring.  Yay, Jacob!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A random story about Jacob

 *All names, locations and information was made up to protect the innocent*

Once upon a time there was this little boy named Jacob. 

He had 3 big brothers and sisters who always seemed to have fun.  Jacob wanted nothing better than to run and play with his brothers and sisters. 
But because he was so little, he was often left behind.  

Poor Jacob.  He was so sad.  Being little was nooooo fun. 

One day, little Jacob decided he wasn't going to stay home any more.  
So he filled his backpack with goodies, and decided to go on an adventure of his own

During his travels, he want to the botanical gardens,

National Forests,

And even the grasslands of Africa.

Every day was an adventure for this little fellow. 

After traveling the world, little Jacob decided it was time to go home.  
He packed up his bags, and made the long journey back to his family.
His big brothers and sisters greeted him with open arms and told him how important he was to the family.  They had missed him soooooooo much!  Jacob never realized how important he was to his family, and decided that he would save the rest of his travels for another time when he was much much older.  

The End!

P.S. ~ This was just an excuse to showcase some of my favorite Jacob pictures from the last couple of weeks :)