Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Year

I recently started reading another blog by a mom with a little girl with developmental delays.  In a new year post she reflected on her past year saying it was the year of walking and the upcoming year was going to be the year of talking, whether verbally or with the use of an AAC device.  I feel the same way!  2012 was huge for us with Callie learning to walk at just over 2 1/2 years old.  It is my hope that 2013 is going to be the year of talking, and let's add feeding to the mix.  I feel confident we will soon be able to wean Callie from her night tube feeds of formula so that she consumes all of her calories by day, whether orally or orally supplemented with blenderized food via tube.  More on that very soon.  And it would be wonderful is she ends up with some words (or even approximations) this year, but I will be thrilled if we simply begin to have success with an AAC device.  As I previously mentioned, we recently received Callie's DynaVox Maestro.  I spent 3 hours with the rep last week learning how to program and customize it for Callie.  I have been working on it a little each day, but I have to admit it is slow going.  It is quite an undertaking to set up.  Callie has played with it here and there and is familiarizing herself with how it works, but we have not yet really tried to use it for communication.  Hopefully I can wrap up the programming this week.  

At any rate, I feel excited and optimistic about what this year may bring for Callie.  Happy New Year!



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