As you can tell, I have not blogged in a while. The 25-28 hours a week of therapy took every free moment and then some. After a few weeks of trying to fit it all in, or figure out how much we could manage, I knew we needed some help. I also knew ME was not progressing as quickly as I had thought with the verbal skills needed to communicate that which she was learning in Visualizing and Verbalizing.
During this time, we were wrestling with the idea of moving. We live in the country and it takes almost an hour to get to therapy, music lessons, Target, etc. Our church is in another city, too. As I began to make calls about the different options for V/V, I made calls in two cities, to see which had the best therapy set-up. I finally found what I thought was a good option in the city where our chuch is, so we decided to move. We have lived in this little town for eight years. At the same time this was going on, DG fractured his tibia. Having a two year old break anything is time consuming and very worrisome. They CRY AND CRY!
The best therapy for V/V told me we could come one day a week until V/V was done and I would follow up with homework. This sounded good, since it is $120 an hour. It is done by a speech audiologist/pathologist. They wanted to do a full speech evaluation on ME. I know she does not have other speech issues, but it is interesting that the part of the brain that works on making pictures for what we read comes from the speech section. By this time, I had learned that ME is also not making pictures of movies she sees. I know this is hard to believe and explain.
As the month passed, I was put in contact with a speech pathologist that does V/V near the city we live closest to right now. He suggested a meeting or two before we move to see if he can directly pin point the newest problem I was seeing in V/V, the lack of higher order thinking. This means prediction, if/then, and other inference questions. Often those problems can be corrected in a few visits, by going back to the picture studying steps of V/V. So, we met, he did a few samples with Mikaela and realized that her problems all stem from her having strabismus (eye crossing) when she was 2 years old. When she should have been absorbing all this information she was taking 2-D images and information in, and not able to make it 3-D. That is one of the key reasons she also can not do predictions. She was unable to watch things follow through.
The end result is we have decided to stay with this speech pathologist, and visit him every other week, with me following up four days a week for 30 minutes a day homework. We will have to continue Neuronet also in the same city, so ME will go in one day every other week to work with Dad. This is much more manageble a schedule and will actually keep me home several more hours a week, like at least 10 hours. Our lessons will only be 2.5 miles from our house now!