New here with a 2.9 year old

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Registered: 11-13-2003
New here with a 2.9 year old
Mon, 03-07-2005 - 7:18pm

Hi all,

I have been lurking and would like to introduce ourselves. My ds has hypotonia and si issues and a history of reflux and feeding delays. We have had early intervention since 17 months: OT, PT and home visits from an EI teacher. We are now in the process of transitioning from EI to the school district. Our IEP date is April 29th and we are about to start the assessment phase soon. My son is actually doing really well. Some of the current issues that are really difficult are:

~transitions, he needs to be warned ahead that a change is coming. I do this by singing or telling him verbally. I also give choices i.e. can you walk to the car or does mommy need to help you.

~biting, he needs to chew and bite for extra imput but also it can be a behavior thing too or when he gets overstimulated. Our plantation shutters have bite marks in them!

~stuctured time, for example participating in our gymnastics class opening circle song. He wants nothing to do with it. We are working on it though and had some success last week.

~brushing teeth, washing hair, haircuts are all still very challenging.

~gross motor and self help skills are his weak areas and just found out speech might be needed.

We are brushing and doing compressions. I have been using the behaviorists a lot lately especially because we will lose this service at age 3! I feel so stressed about the IEP and just the unknown of what his services and schedule will be. I also feel like I am constantly trying to remember to brush and implement all this behavior stuff. I feel a bit nuts singing as we make transitions through the day "Now it's time to blah blah blah, lol! It is overwhelming. I hope I don't sound too negative though. Liam really is a very cute and intellengent little guy. He is very social and very active.

Molly, mom to Liam

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Registered: 07-14-2004
Mon, 03-07-2005 - 10:20pm
Hi, welcome out of lurkdom. My DS has si issues, mainly tactile and auditory. He doesnt do well with transitions, sleeping or eating- and is now starting to talk. Hope to see you post - I really like this board.
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Registered: 05-02-2003
Tue, 03-08-2005 - 8:52am
Hi Molly.Your son sounds alot like Christopher with the reflux,eating,biting,and changes through out the day.I hope to see you around.I love this place and all the ladies are so great.Tammy
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Registered: 11-01-2004
Tue, 03-08-2005 - 5:00pm

Molly, WELCOME!!!!!!!!!

I wanted to reassure about the IEP process.