Friday morning marked the first major milestone in Collin's "Quest for Education". Yes, the completion of Kindergarten is never to be taken lightly. For Collin it truly is a great achievement. Most of you know the problems he had with his hearing and speech. If not, I'll give the short version. When he was around three we took him to the pediatrician because we were concerned that he wasn't talking yet, and if he did it was impossible to understand him. This of course ended up in great frustration for him and for us. They referred us to an audiologist who after a doing several intense tests told us that he was only hearing about 20% and needed to have hearing aids. As a last resort they sent us to an ENT, who said that there was a small amount of fluid in his ears, not enough to affect his hearing, but they wanted to put tubes in anyway. After surgery the doctor told us that he had never seen so much fluid on a child's ear. It was packed in so tightly that they couldn't detect the movement when they did the tests. This almost completely corrected his hearing, there are still a few decibels that he can't hear, but within normal range. This whole hearing thing affected him in so many ways. He started out in the Early Intervention Program where he was diagnosed with several different disorders, put in Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. When he turned four he started Speech Therapy through the public school system in our area, we took him three days a week. After that he attended a special pre-school where he had very intense therapy five days a week for a year an a half. The therapist described it to me like this. "Imagine learning a new language by cassette tape, only with lots of static and other background noise". This very much explained why he sounded like he was speaking a different language that us. We are so pleased with his progress, he stills struggles with phonics some, but is doing wonderful in every other area. His therapist told me that she thinks after next school year we will be able to discontinue his therapy. So here are a few pictures of the big day, along with a video of his solo. Sorry that I didn't get the whole song. I was so intrigued that I forgot to start videoing.
The whole class
With his favorite gal, Janessa
Everyone who new Harold when he was little always tells me that Collin is his replica. After looking back at old pictures I discovered that it is really true. Here is Harold at the same age.
Collin's picture from this year
The whole family, not sure what Ethan's doing.
"God's Little People"
Monday, June 2, 2008
I sit here writing with Landon on my knee. You see this is a rather difficult week for him, it's the last week of school for his big brothers. They are beside themselves with excitement over all the activities that are taking place, and Landon is feeling a little left out. So I decided to give his self-esteem a little boost by doing a post for him. On Sat. we went out boating for awhile, when we left he adamantly proclaimed that he was not going to ride in the tube. After watching his big brothers bounce along behind the boat for awhile he decided that he was brave enough to try it. I made the mistake of videoing his ride and therefore have had to watch the video with him over and over. He was very excited about the prospect of it going on my blog for all the world to see, or at least all those relatives and friends who are interested in seeing such a thing.
So without further ado here is the world's bravest four year old (if only in his own opinion).