Friday, August 29, 2008

New Companions on our Journey

It has been a very interesting week. It started our by doing an ATEC score sheet for Taylor. This is the sheet that we do to see how he is progressing with the treatment that we are doing. He did not move on the scale, but for the first time I saw improvement when the ATEC did not. Taylor has settled down. He is concentrating better and playing better with other children.

I was a bit discouraged by the ATEC score because I had seen improvement, but after last night I am not relying on the score so much anymore. We still need to use it because it does give us some guidelines to see how the treatment is working.

Last night Darrin and I got to talk one on one with our new companions on this journey. Spencer's teacher Mrs. Barber and Taylor's Teachers Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Spence. They are all very wonderful. The reports that we got about both boys were fabulous! Spencer is thriving in Kindergarten. He is socializing with the other children and is keeping up with them academically. He still has some problems in the cognitive area, but Mrs. Barber told us that with a bit of prodding he does ok.

We met with Mrs. Kennedy next. She is Taylor's Life Skills teacher. (special ed) She told us that Taylor was a little charmer and she enjoys him very much. She is teaching him how to read and they are doing math. They are also doing a special program to help his cognitive abilities. I am very impressed with the progress that I am seeing. He goes over to Mrs. Spence's class (mainstream kindergarten) with an aid for about 1/2 an hour a day. They will work him into more time as he improves.

One thing that is super cool is that the way that Mrs. Barber and Mrs. Spence' classes are set up is there is no wall between them. After Taylor has done his centers his reward is to see Spencer.

All in all I sit here today once again in awe at the care that the Lord has bestowed upon our family. He has brought the perfect people along to help us along the next leg of this journey. I wanted the kids up at Fishback, but this is the perfect place for the boys for this year. They have teachers that care about them and are willing to work with us in order to help the boys reach their greatest potential.


Heather L. said...

I'm so glad to hear the boys have good teachers and the school year looks like it will bring much progress!

Monica said...

There's nothing like another set of trained eyes to see the things that you don't see. Have I told you recently what an awesome job you are doing? And to think- there are only better things ahead!!