celebrated many holidays with,
and who watched our kids grow up.
"He reads the board out loud before I have a chance to,he reminds me when I miss something in our daily circle time routine,we have to ask him to give the other kids a chance to answer the questions,and he's one of the most vocal in the class."--Mrs. M.
|front view with Freedoms (and his first ever school picture)|
|front view with new N5s! you can't see them!|
|Freedom (minus snug-fit) vs. N5s (which he doesn't wear the snug-fit with since the ear hook is much sturdier and holds on better - we do still use the critter clip though).|
|Look how much more slender the N5s are|
|Such a difference! We LOVE them!|
"Speech perception is the only thing that really matters. That's how they learn language, that's how they gain literacy."--Jane MadellWe learned all the above not only directly impacts Aiden's listening and spoken language, but also his phonemic and phonological awareness, and overall, his literacy skills.
|"Hurry mom! Where's my bus?"|
|"Mom! I HEAR the bus! It's coming!"|
|Oh my gosh I'm so excited!|
|Such a big boy!|
|last year, there's no way Aiden could've worn flip flops, much less dodge his sister's water gun aim; here, he's running in flip flops while yelling, "STOP IT KAILYN", and proceeds to jump over the hose to reclaim his water gun.|
The ability to quickly and efficiently take in sensory information, process it, and respond. It includes, IDEATION (planning the idea in the mind); MOTOR PLANNING (making a plan for the action), and EXECUTION (doing the activity). Different praxis challenges can include apraxia/dyspraxia (both deal with difficulty in motor planning); ataxia (loss of coordination of the muscles); and more. Any of these can be mild to severe.
Sensory processing (or integration) is how our nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. SPD is when these messages do not get organized into appropriate responses, which creates challenges in performing everyday tasks (including speaking and balance). Children with SPD often have difficulty with varying motor skills and other everyday skills which can lead to social isolation.
NOTE - there are SEVEN senses that can be affected - not just vision, auditory, taste, tactile, and olfactory, BUT also, the sense of movement (vestibular system) and the positional sense (proprioception). Aiden has definite disconnects in his vestibular and proprioceptive world, along with challenges having all his senses work as one as they should. And when any of these senses aren't "working together as a team", the child (and the world around him) seems out of sync.
"Good sensory processing enables all the impulses to flow freely and reach their destination quickly. Sensory integrative dysfunction is sort of a 'traffic jam' in the brain. Some bits of sensory information get 'tied up in traffic' and certain parts of the brain do not get the sensory information they need to do their jobs." (Ayres, p. 51)
|Can you believe he didn't fight this!?! He even tries to smile in this situation! Seriously the happiest boy I know.|
|at the ER.|
|my brave boy eating a lollipop as we wait for X-ray results|
|of course you get a chocolate shake anytime there is an ER visit|
|home resting. His sissy was so worried!|
and check out those feet and nails from paint day! ew. but goes so well with the story.