Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Easter Seals Crossroads

We went to Crossroads to day to meet with Speech-language Pathologist. Ada had been evaluated a while ago and the devices that they order for her just came in. The first gaol is to use picture of things and teach Ada to pick up the picture of things that she wants and gives it to us. Start with picture of Cheerio because it is the thing that she wants the most right now. Then we get the device that we can hook up with the ipod or toy or things that were battery operated. With a big button to push, Ada can learn to control the activities by making it stop or play. Third is the small device called Step-by-Step with level. We can record message sequence, like hello - how are you and it will play the message if Ada push the button. We have to work with her and go back in 3 weeks. This is the first time I met a therapist who fully understand what she needs and how we can help her. I guess we just wasted our time and energy at RHI.
We got home and started working right away. I cut out the picture of Cheerio from the box. She learn it quick. Next Abby came to see Ada so I set Ada up with the Step-by-Step. So Abby came in and say helo, then i let Ada pushed the button and it say hello back. She was smiling and her face lit up.
At Crossroad they have a Disco Ball light that spins and it gets Ada attention, so I will look for that before I work with the other device. They also hook it up with the drum toy. We can use IPod to play music for her too. Ada loves music and she used to listen to music all the time. Now I just can't find any song that will get her attention. The only thing that get her exciting now is Cheerio.
No "Behavior problem" even mention today. No "She needs to see Neurophyschologist" today, and Ada sat quietly and patiently for more than an hour while we learn how to use those devices. I felt like we had come to the right place even though the word "Disability" kinna get to me.
We will go to the "Keely's" for Thanksgivings tomorrow. Terry doesn't like the Turkey so he skips town and went to Illinois to take care of his customer.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am thankful for my family and friends who had been a big help and big support through out the year.

10 comments:

Kimequa said...

I am so excited to hear about all the new ideas you are working with.. photos.. "hello" button..! Wow! Such simple things but I would not have thought of them. I'm really excited to see where this may go...

Anything to empower Ada is so good.

Anonymous said...

It all sounds wonderful Ponsawan. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Many, many of us are cheering at all of Ada's new accomplishments. You are an inspiration as a mother and an artist.

WonderfulWire said...

How wonderful!!! It's going to make a tremendous difference for all of you! Thanks for sharing with us! :))) Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

I see in the photos of Ada that she has changed. The latest one posted is showing more of Ada's personality. Good for you and all your efforts...she is coming back.

Anonymous said...

Go well Ada. I hope you enjoy your new toy.
Thanks Ponsawan for sharing the good news. Happy Thanksgiving.

Susanne said...

So great news, Ponsawan!
You do really a great "job"...
Keep on... And give a little
kiss to Ada, please...

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Susie B said...

Ponsawan, I have never posted although I have checked this blog everyday almost since you first started it to see what is new with you and Ada. (I heard about what happened from the polymer clay community.)This new step sounds wonderful, and I am wishing you and your family, especially Ada, the best of luck for a wonderful result!
Susan

angkana said...

An uplifting progress, indeed. I have learned so much from reading your blog. Thanks for your hard effort.

I envision Ada's excitement when she created the sounds and communicated with us.

Sure is a Thanksgiving time for us all.

Love,
Yui

Anonymous said...

Ponswani,

Great to find a therapist that understands Ada's needs and that you feel confident about. Great device....Lots of goals...hope... and who knows through what path this will take us. I like the word used by others: empowerment. This will give independence and empowerment to Ada...So exciting! I am grateful to both of you in this Thanksgiving season! Thank you for your friendship! Love and hugs always, F & M