Alex had speech and physical therapy yesterday and had a great day in both! He was such a ham and full of jokes yesterday and had us cracking up!
I have put videos on the blog before where he has these voice exercises in speech therapy
saying "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh" and "eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee" for like 4-5 seconds at a time learning how to extend his voice without fading off when speaking. Well yesterday she had him doing this again and all of a sudden Alex breaks out in song with " OOOOOOOOOOOhhhh Chiiild, Things are gonna get easierrrrrrrrrrrrr". HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Then says... "Dang, I got a pretty good melody on that one". HA HA.... HOT MESS HE IS I TELL YA! Joke after joke... we got thru the speech therapy laughing and cutting up the whole time... was actually a nice change!
For physical therapy we had to devise a positive reinforcement program to keep Alex motivated and on task. His main focus right now is the treadmill and walking for 5 minutes at a time. He will get a ticket for every 15 minutes he stays on track and focused, so he has the chance to earn up to 4 tickets. At the end of the day he can trade them in for a treat of some sort. Certain foods, outings, Red Lobster, lol.. something he wants. Each reward has a price of tickets.... so yesterday he earned 4 tickets and wants to save up to a nice dinner at Red Lobster... that's like 2 weeks of staying focused lol! Like 24 tickets. I just knew for sure he would want to turn the 4 tickets in for a muffin, hahahahaha! He is going for the BIG DOG!
With the trial behind us... Alex seems like a totally different kid! THANK YOU GOD! He seems to be more relaxed and more jovial these days. A special thank you to his friends who have been keeping in touch and stopping by to visit. HE LOVES TO HAVE HIS FRIENDS OVER..... since he isn't able to go and come as he pleases... it's really nice when his friends incorporate him into their day. It will be a lot easier once the trach comes out to be able to let him come and go without me.... if he even let's that happen, lol. He doesn't let me get far out of his sight of which I am trying to slowly wean him of my constant presence. Evaluations continue... we will be starting American History and Geometry on Compass Odyssey next week.... LORD GIVE ME STRENGTH, ha! Thank you to Kinlin/American History and Bachir/ Geometry....YOU GUYS ROCK and I can't thank you enough for taking on this task for me. I am forever indebted to you! Once all the evaluations are in... hospital homebound will decide what is best for Alex as far as entering Ed White or continuing on with Compass Odyssey here at home. I am really hoping for school at Ed White so that he can get back into the real world... homecoming.... prom... graduation. He missed out on his Jr year and I don't want him to miss out on his Senior year with his friends. Once the trach comes out I am going to have his senior picture taken :0) YAY... CAN'T WAIT! OCT 4TH... looking forward to you!!
Going to close for now... his vision evaluation is almost over and I can come out of my room, lol! Here are some pics with special friends .... thank you guys for taking time out of your busy days to visit!! xoxo
KAYLEIGH.... HE GOT HER! hahahaha!
Heather, Kayleigh, Alex, Amber and Aaron
He talked them into doing the "Broooooownieeeeees" face, lol!
Delaney, Robin, Billy and Hunter
Alex met them last year at Blue Springs and they came all the way from Tampa to visit!