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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hi/Low Thursday

This post is part of "Hi/Lo Thursday" on the Please see other Hi/Low posts on their site by clicking on their link on my list of blogs I read, in the right column of this page. ( ...where laughter lives: The Riggs Family )

This week one of the high moments was at Ricky's conference at school. For those of you who don't know, Ricky has Down Syndrome. It was time for the annual review of his educational plan so we met on Tuesday morning. It was so awesome to hear what a great student he is! His teachers and therapists couldn't say enough nice things about him. He is actually doing first grade math and keeping up with his typical-developing peers. He attends both regular phy-ed and adaptive phy-ed as he is so athletic! He eats lunch with his regular classroom friends and they all seem to love him. Many of the girls tend to "mother" him and I'm sure he enjoys that! Ricky spends part of his day in a classroom with his special needs peers and part in a regular 1st grade classroom. He sees many specialists throughout his busy school week and is always needing to stay on task. He doesn't seem to get any down time. The teachers know they can always count on him to answer questions and they said he is a natural leader. We are so proud of him. I can see how he is so exhausted when he gets home each day...they really work him hard but he is thriving!!

Another high is that our little Peter has actually used the potty for BM's all week...I haven't changed one poopy diaper in over a week...he still wets his diapers but is well on his way to potty training at 20 months!!

A low for this week has been in the area of Taylor's speech therapy for her tongue thrust. She has been seeing a specialist in the hopes of correcting this problem and avoiding surgery. In the one year since her braces came off, her tongue has managed to push her teeth back out of position and un-do 2 1/2 years of what the braces had just corrected. She and I have had many discussions/arguments over her non-compliance with the program and I feel very stressed with the whole process. She's a beautiful girl with a great smile but she needs to be convinced that this therapy is for her own benefit. Until then it's just a waste of time. I love my teenager dearly but we are at odds on this one!

1 comment:

nanner27 said...

That is so great that he is doing so well in school. The going potty is a bonus also. and yes Danielle(Sarah she goes by her middle name) and Raquelle are twins.