Monday, 28 April 2014

Small steps

After being told by the NHS speech therapist we are going to get 12 sessions of salt a year and they will consist of two six week blocks, despite my going on and complaining that salt is what OB needs and it's his main area of concern there was no shifting. We have bitten the bullet and gone private.

We met our new lady not in the most conventional fashion, the Hubie was up in London Town it's very rare he goes to town, he met someone he had not see in ages, they decided to catch a later train and he sat where he would never normally sit, I think you can see something was meant to be. He was chatting about OB when he got a fact wrong and a lady kindly advised him. They got talking she was a early years salt and just moved to where we live. After a few calls you had guessed it, she is now our new speech therapist.

We now have therapy for OB every two weeks for a half an hour session. We are starting to see results, as mentioned before a lot of OB issues relate to poor concentration, we have been working on this now for over a year with input from our early years team and various NHS speech and language therapists. 

The one key to getting OB to concentrate better is motivation and his motivation needs to be high, if you find something he will sit and play for a least five mins (this to us is a minor Miracle and is always applauded). Last week our private salt found such a simple game but it works, a card upside down with a paper clip a child's magnetic fishing rod, he catches it we look and say what the activity is and he does it. I know it sounds simple but we managed to extend it to him making dolly do the activity. We got him to do eight of these and I only needed to say the magic just one more phrase only once.
Anyone who knows children with additional needs knows how much these small improvements mean and how they light your whole day. Let's hope our next session is as productive or if he has decided he does not like that game anymore.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Different paths

On Friday ATM and I went to see the animals at a fantastic animal rescue charity called Raystead. He was very excited as he informed me he was going to see tigers and elephants, luckily he was more than happy to see the donkeys, cats and sqeeled with delight at the bouncing dogs. As the sun shone down, ATM tottered about chatting away, interested in all the animals and as always putting the coins into the twirly donation tin before we go home.

These trips with ATM does make me think about the different way the boys are developing.

ATM is your classic 2.5 year old you know the one with the attitude of a 13 year old already. We get comments all the time on his clear speech,though he is now doing speech therapy everyday with his brother in some form and we are so used to talking in short sentences it's helped him develop even faster.

OB is not your classic development path, he will be four in May and we are only just starting to get two or maybe three words together that are not learnt phrases. But I digress we were talking about a trip out. The same trip with OB would still be a fun trip just a different trip, OB is a runner he can put Usain Bolt to shame and I always wear trainers just in case I need to sprint (please be aware I am 37) sprinting does not happen quickly anymore. So hand holding is needed he is getting better but I need to be on my guard. He is not that interested in the animals we have a lovely walk but it's a walk until we get to the playarea where I can just let him go, he climbs, plays and has a truly wonderful time. I talk to him about everything we see, I know some of it is going in as everyone and again a little gem will come out from him that I know he has heard from us.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Meal plan Thursday

As promised here is our meal plan for the next week. 

I do my shop Thursday as it means both boys are at pre school and I can just shop in my own little world. It's not much but it's my time so this week we are trying

Thursday - a BBC good food recipe courgette and bacon pasta

Friday - big bowl of salad I have seen one in a busy mums cook book of leaves, avocado, bacon and egg on top think I am going to do something along that line. Boys will have carbonara as salad is not that well received.

Saturday - fajitas for parents the boys will be having tortilla pizza

Sunday - lasagna busy mums cookbook version with garlic bread and green salad

Monday - busy mums cookbook chicken and broccoli gratin

Tuesday - honey and mustard sausages busy mums cookbook with green veg

Wednesday - smoked haddock and potato bake not sure the veg but thinking runner or green beans

I will be watching to see how OB eats this week and updating accordingly, I have my ideas about foods he will not be so keen on but I am going to be keeping an open mind to see what happens.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Thinking about food

Having a little boy with severely delayed speech and understanding who is also very fussy about food can be a times heartbreaking and other times beyond frustrating. What your trying to do is figure out why your child does not want to eat something with no information other than a plate that's not been touched.
My Miss Marple skills are tested regularly since OB started weaning. I remember thinking deep down he had issues, we would go to a friends house and she would do some lovely little snacks in pots her little boy ate them all beautifully, OB would I can only describe that he would hamster cheek his... So you think he is eating his food then a few moments later he would open his mouth and the food would drop out. Completely unchewed, he had just put it in his mouth and stored it.
I have been asked on several occasions by professionals why I think he is not eating well and I have to say I am baffled. He will eat pizza, chips, roast chicken with roast pots, carrots, broccoli and gravy, tortellini, Pasta with tomatoes or cheese sauce. He also eats many and I mean many non edible items    He will eat playdoh like it's sweets or sand and mud like a main meal, this will be a post all on its own. Give him as I did yesterday a plate of slow roast lamb, roast pots, carrots and broccoli nothing just pushed it away strange as he will eat it with chicken.
So please join me on my game of will OB even try.... Each week I will upload our recipe plan and then the results. Maybe with putting it all down I can figure it out or as with so many things it will continue to baffle me :0)