Monday, July 28, 2008

Thanks for the emails...

I have had a few other 'CI MOMS' email me and ask what kind of program/therapy we have Logan in. We are still trying to set all of that up, since we have just moved, but here is what we have been doing this summer to keep busy...

Logan attended the Preschool at the John Tracy clinic last year and that is where we learned most of the “therapy” that we do at home. They have free online courses, if you’re interested. Go to to sign up. We just moved from California to Florida, so the only therapy he has received this summer is at home with me. I usually set aside one hour in the morning and one hour after his nap and play with him, making it a language activity. I am talking to him all day about everything we are doing. I ask him to repeat a lot. It took him a while before he would mimic me, but now he does it without me having to ask.

I choose a theme for the week (or sometimes two weeks) and we read books, do crafts, (try to) go on “field trips”, all having to do with that theme. I print off pictures of that theme (from the computer) and hang them up around the house. When we walk by the picture we say the name. For example, one week we did fruits and vegetables. We had pictures of apples, peas, corn, etc. around the house. We then went to a strawberry farm and picked strawberries. We also made carrots out of tissue paper. Then every night we read the same book, which has to do with our theme. My older (hearing) son enjoys the activities as well, and my 20 month old benefits from the language activities as well!

Right now we are working on the Alphabet. We do two/three letters per week, but don’t move on until he has mastered the current letters. There are letters hanging up around the house. When Logan walks past one, he comes to tell me what it is. When we read our book at night, we try to find the letters of the week, in his book.
You can find a lot of ideas off the Internet. Many preschool sites have free lesson plans; we use those, and then just tweak them to fit Logan’s needs.
Also, once he starts school, we'll find out their theme for the week and do our own activities at home that go along with what he is learning at school.

I am also a big fan of "experience books". Logan simply loves them and I find myself needing to make a new one about every month. I make experience books with Family members, daily activities, and objects/places that he sees everyday.

I would also love to hear any ideas, form any of you, who have done things that have worked as well. Please share!

For other CI parents...


Our next HOPE Online event features provides 20 top tips for achieving the best outcomes with a cochlear implant. It is appropriate for both professionals and parents. As always, our HOPE event will be captioned and will offer CEUs from ASHA and the American Academy of Audiology. This course will also provide credits that can be applied to AG Bell's Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. To ensure your place at this popular event, please sign up at least 4 hours in advance at: in the area marked Online training for professionals in education.

Achieving the Best Outcomes with a Cochlear Implant: 20 Top TipsPresenter: Donna L. Sorkin, M.A., Cochlear Americas & Ashley Garber, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, HOPE Specialist Date/Time: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern) / 12:00 p.m. (Pacific)Description: This session will review four key topics that impact a child’s outcomes with a cochlear implant: (1) maximally using the sound processor, (2) empowering parents to promote auditory learning (3) addressing needs in school settings, and (4) involving friends and family members to aid in the child’s personal development. Each topic will be explored by sharing a series of tips and related resources that can help families and professionals achieve the best possible outcome.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Medical Bracelet

We've been thinking about getting one for a while, so with school starting up soon we finally ordered one last month. He thinks it's pretty cool, but will only wear it for moments at a time. Hopefully he'll get used to wearing it. LOGAN CRAGUN

Our first 5 word sentence...

Tonight Logan was picking a straw for his drink and said to me, "Mommy, which one, blue, yellow?"

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

One of Logan's new words...


I bought some fun Batman masks at Walmart for the boys and he has quickly become the favorite superhero around the house. I hear "mot-maun, mot-maun" ALL DAY LONG!!! We're glad his language is expanding!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

CNN also went to John Tracy and did this story on Jose.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I was shocked and angry when I read this, especially since it is someone we know. The little boy, Jose, was Logan's best friend while he attended the John Tracy Clinic in LA. It breaks my heart.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Disney World...

We were so excited for Logan to experience Disney World since the last time we were at Disneyland was before he was implanted. The sounds were fantastic to him and he even tried to sing along with "It's a Small World". I would have never thought it, but what a great language experience Disney World is. There were so many new things he had never seen, the characters, the colors, the songs! He loved every minute and wouldn't stop asking how to say everything he saw. Although we had so much fun, unless we were actually on a ride it was very stressful for me to struggle with Logan hearing me through all the crowds. (Another reason we are eager to get the second implant done.) I was shouting most of the time just to get his attention. We also ran into a problem with him wandering off so much. Because Logan is still very visual, so many things seemed to catch his eye and he'd wander towards it. It was difficult to keep track of him because we were also with his two other brothers and their 3 cousins! I would usually keep little Logan on one of those cute "leashes", but that wasn't something he wanted to wear since all of the older kids were free to walk on their own.
All in all it was a great three days and he can hardly wait to go back.

New receptive and expressive words learned from Disney World:

One of Logan's favorite rides was at the Animal Kingdom, the Safari. There was a picture list of all the animals we would see on the safari. Every time we saw an animal, he would find it on the picture board, ask me how to say it and try to mimic it.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Happy Independance Day!

We had a great 4th of July. It was a new expreience to watch Logan observe, and try to mimic, the sounds of the fireworks.
I love this picture...he is expressing how loud they were. This time last year, they made no sound at all--at least to him.

Logan in the church bike parade...

Telling Dad that he heard a new sound and asking what is was...

Thursday, July 3, 2008

View this montage created at One True Media
Logan 6.26.08

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