It's not that he's strong willed, really...
It's just that he's persistent!
Summarizes me. Drenched in sweat and stressed out mommy. After having placed him promptly in time out at least a dozen times in a row. For the same thing. Whereupon once seated firmly on the cheeky pillow he proceeds to make the door stopper thingie ~ booooing ~ repeatedly. Without missing a beat then reaches for the the desk drawer pulls. Because they make a fun sound when they flap like that. And they're within arms reach. My time out rule is...butt on pillow. Hands...may move freely about the area. Which is probably how he ended up sockless. And lifting a leg. So that the foot was just so. Perfect for bringing the big toe into sucking position. Because evidently...that's how cheeky boys like to spend their time outs. Sucking their toes and making boing-y things boing.
I think he could do this all day. Easy.
Where'd I put those IEP papers?
I'll sign them!!!
5 minutes of OT a month, you say?
Who needs to write anyway? I'll sign.
Two and a half minutes of PT twice monthly?
That limp isn't really so bad after all. And when he walks with his right side in the shadows you'd never even notice.
And no Speech for the foreseeable future?
Oh. Well. He says mama...so we're good.
No worries. I'll sign the papers...
(imagine rasped with panic nipping at the edges of a very frazzled mommy's voice)
I neeeeeeeeeed to sign those papers!!!
Okay. Okay. So it wasn't that bad. The IEP meeting...I mean. The time out thing? If a resounding scream could be heard via cyber waves...that'd be my answer!
The Speech Therapist had a family crisis and couldn't be there. So I don't have her recommendations.
The Physical Therapist feels that 30 minutes once a week is adequate.
The Occupational Therapist feels the same.
Both emphasizing that all these goals we're setting for Trevy will be transferred to the teacher too. So in theory...he'll be saturated in therapy just by virtue of being in a class with a Special Educator. And peer models. I kinda agree.
But still. I was thinking they would take a wee bit more aggressive approach. That missing half a brain factor. And the idea that the other half needs to be encouraged. And prompted. And therapied into creating new path ways.
I guess I do think being around other kids will be therapy. And we can always reevaluate in a few months too.
And besides Dr. Development has written orders for him to be treated like a rehab patient. Writing up referrals for out-patient Speech, PT and OT. At least two times weekly. Administered from a medical model...where the neurological component will be most likely understood.
I mean realistic-ly...how much therapy can a cheeky little toe sucker take?