Monday, November 29, 2010
The Big Day Part 2
I would love to say that I could blog exactly what happened today and what we found out, but honestly it was so much to take in...I cannot. What I can tell you is exactly what I got from the Occupational Therapy evaluation and what it means for Luke.
Luke definitely has sensory motor issues, especially oral. I knew this, as I have been telling everyone that I could that I thought there was something wrong that he put everything in his mouth~but you know...I am just his mother~lol!!!
OK~so back to the evaluation.
Jessica Hunt is an OT and the director of Occupational Therapy and Sensory Motor Issues at the Kaufman Children's Center. She evaluated and conferenced with us for over 2 hours this afternoon. She will send this report to us in a few weeks and share any information with Luke's OT. When we leave, we will have a definite plan of action for Luke's success. :)
To put it in a nutshell~Luke has sensory motor issues that are possibly contributing to his problems with speech (jaw instability, etc), eating/drinking problems, low muscle tone, hypotonia that causes his hips way too much movement, they turn in and this causes his feet (flat) to also turn in. (They plan to either tape him or fit him for a suit that will turn his hips and keep his feet straight) There is much, much more~but I honestly can't remember it all. I am about to do some self imposed homework (2 sensory motor books about 2 or 3 inches thick, each) and hopefully will gain more knowledge that I can impart later.
But the biggest part of all of this~is that it can all be "fixed" and that because we are so aggressive and early with these interventions~he will be fine.
We have lots of work ahead of us and the road will not always be easy, but we know that we can do this thing. God has paved the way...all we have to do is follow His lead.
Thanks again for all the well wishes, prayers and support~they mean so much! We are truly overwhelmed by the kind words and encouragement.
And to leave you with some more hope and smiles~Luke worked on lots of words today, even saying sentences~so, I am positive that he will be saying some of them on his own, soon!!!
PS We signed up to come back to the Kaufman Children's Center for Spring Break. We knew that this wouldn't be our only trip to Michigan and feel so strongly about what we are learning here that we made an appointment to come back for a tune up in the spring.