Two events have happened this week for my little boy (4) who has a severe speech delay called dispraxia (apraxia). Both these events have made me feel very thankful and have given me a reason for hope.
I have previously written about how I have made the decision to change speech therapists. Yesterday, Buster had his first session with the new therapist. I am thankful (in a bitter sweet kind of way) that the new speech therapist has given him a priority ranking. This means he will be seen each week for therapy. I am so hoping that this consistency can really start to see results for his speech.
It’s bitter sweet because her assessment confirms that he has a very severe speech difficulty and I am so worried for his future….The weekly sessions will also be costing $100 each time!….It’s looking like I’ll be trying to find some supermarket, shelf packing, night work!
The speech therapist said that she honestly believes that she can help Buster’s speech…..so I will do whatever it takes to give him the best chance that I can.
The other event that occurred in Buster life this week is that he had his interview to attend big school (the same school his sisters attend). I am thankful that this interview went so well! Buster managed to concentrate, and answer his questions…he then went on to charm the teacher with a rendition of his favorite preschool song… ‘The Wombat Wobble’ (complete with actions).
After the interview, the teacher asked Buster if he knew the way to the kindergarten classrooms. He shot up and valiantly declared….”follow me!!” It was just too cute!
I have had a very good experience with this school and I’m thankful (and a little relieved) that Buster will be going there next year.
I am also thankful that the kindergarten teacher is a lovely lady that I know from the old playgroup days ….we both attended the same playgroup when our eldest children were toddlers (
Canberra is a small place!). This lady saw my
eldest daughter struggle thorough her apraxia. I am thankful that having a
prior relationship with the teacher will make communication easier and will
help with my sons transition to big school.
So, small steps maybe….but I am feeling very thankful this week!
Linking up this post with Kate at Kate Says Stuff for Thankful Thursday.