Saturday, June 21, 2008

quick update

So on our cross country trip from LA to Florida, we stopped in San Antonio, TX to visit family. While we were there, we spent two days at Sea World. We saw the Shamu show a few times because it was Logan's favorite. Anyway, today we were lounging around the house listening to music and having fun with each other when Dad put on Neil Diamond's "America" (my older son loves that song). As soon as Logan heard the first 4 beats, he did the sign for Whale and tried to tell us that that was the same song he heard during the Shamu show. He was right! Simple, I know, but we were amazed that he made that connection and was learning to distinguish music like that.

Logan is progressing nicely. Just the other night he needed help with something and said a 3 word sentence-spontaneously- "Daddy, help me." He is also weening out the sign when he speaks, "mommy" and "daddy" are completely 'sign-free'. It's almost as if he knows what words he says well and are understandable because those are the words that no longer are accompanied by sign.

We received confirmation that the oral program here ion Gainesville is a for sure thing and, in fact, they just hired a teacher. The program director said that they were really happy with the decision made to hire this teacher and that she is fantastic and ...she, herself, has bilateral implants! Pretty cool. There will be 6 children between the ages of 2 1/2-4. Three with CIs and 3 with hearing aids and they are all between 3 to 9 months hearing. We are excited and hopeful about being apart of the start of this program.

We are in the process of setting up new audiologists, ENTs, etc and will start our process of trying to get him the second implant.

I know this film is fairly old, but I finally got a chance to watch it last night and I really enjoyed it. I laughed, I cried and I understood a little bit more about Logan's world. If you haven't had a chance to see it yet, do!! It is on HBO and I'm not sure if it's available anywhere else as of yet.
It is a documentary of a 65 year old couple who have been deaf their entire lives and decided, now, to receive cochlear implants. The film is narrated to us by one of their daughters who also gives an insight as to what it was like growing up with deaf parents. I loved it!

Friday, June 20, 2008

A CI model!

Logan posed for a new textbook coming soon. Look for this photo of him in Occupational Therapy for Children, 5th Edition, Jane Case-Smith, Mosby, Inc, St. Louis, Missouri!!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Sorry it's been so long since our last post. It's been a crazy month, my husband just graduated from UCLA dental school then we drove cross country to move from Los Angeles to Florida and are trying to get settled in. We'll be back soon!

Thanks for asking about our situation regarding Logan's processor... we never in fact seemed to pin point the problem, but after receiving three different ones, we seemed to find one that is working well.


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