T visited the same orthotic guy earlier this morning to see how his custom inserts are fitting. Everything fits nicely and we all walked out together when his appointment was over. I talked to him beforehand about staying together as a group. He remembers that he ran out last time and how that wasn't safe. We recently found a new place for OT. It has a huge sensory gym and it's only 15 minutes from the house! Even better than that, he's working with really experienced and knowledgeable people. How I missed knowing about this place is beyond me, but so glad that I found it! He was evaluated two weeks ago and received the eval report yesterday. T definitely shows underlying Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), some signs of Sensory Modulation Disorder (SMD), Sensory-Based Motor Disorder (SBMD), and Sensory Discrimination Disorder. So, I've been calling it sensory needs, but this is definitely more specific.
He has sensory seeking behaviors and we've been giving him compressions throughout the day. We might start the "brushing" technique again. He was using a weighted blanket at night 2-3 years ago, but doesn't seem to want it. At times, he'll still use a weighted lap pad for seat work or just when he's watching tv. It feels good to him and I know that it helps him to feel his body more. This was such a problem in the brick and mortar classroom when he was in Kinder. He had no idea he was stepping on others' feet, no sense of space or awareness. We have tried the weighted vest in small intervals. So far, nobody is suggesting we do that. I wasn't too fond of them. So, in a nutshell, he's going to get a really good work out twice a week at this place. A home program was mentioned as well, but we aren't there yet. Trying to get him to self-regulate and in ways that are appropriate for home and when out in public. Not cute when your child is basically doing a handstand on lobby chairs. I know that he loves American Ninja Warrior, but um, we can't do that in the orthodontist's office.
D needs braces. I knew that it was coming eventually, but now is the time to start phase 1. Poor kiddo has a cross bite like his mommy once had. He has to have (2) teeth pulled. Geez, they call it extractions! I'll be scheduling that appointment after Labor Day. I had adult braces. I had all of the ortho steps done as a kid, but when it came time for braces, I was too scared to get them. The taste of metal is gross too. By the time I was nearing high school, I wanted to get them on, but we were moving and it just never happened. When I was in college and right before going off of my parents' dental insurance, I opted to have all four of my molars pulled knowing that I would probably go for adult braces. Well, my 4th year of teaching, I went for it. I went through two pregnancies with adult braces! Who does that?! I don't recommend it, but I'm glad that I got it out of the way.
I got them on one month before getting pregnant with D. I remember keeping an ortho appointment the week after he was born. I was still hurting from surgery and D was in the NICU with still nobody mentioning a discharge date. We were living day-to-day and just waiting for the phone to ring. They went easy on me that day just changing my bands to baby blue in his honor. Two years later, I was able to get my braces off about two months before T came. So, it's almost 10 years later and I walked back into that same ortho office with D. It was strange. Still the same staff and of course people look a little older. I got the standard "How are you?" question. Where do I even begin?
We now have ortho appointments on the calendar. D had some xrays done and has his spacers in. He tolerated it pretty well and the ladies in there are friendly. It's nice to go back to a familiar place. The discount helps a little too. He might need a second set a few years down the road, but we'll just wait and see how things fall into place. It's good for T to see D go through this. I wonder if T will be able to tolerate braces in his future? Anyway, more medical to claim come tax time. T started his online program earlier this week and between the two, it's a lot to juggle, but I secretly love the madness. Two days straight, I found myself driving behind Coors Light vans. From the backseat I hear, "Mommy, it's your beer!" Hmm, maybe I should switch to lemonade . . .
Ohhh.....I can't even imagine the path to braces. I'm hoping we can avoid them myself, but we've still got a few teeth to come in and hopefully it'll continue to shift things around. Good luck with D's mouth!! As for American Ninja Warrior....great show about people who work hard, but I'm sure your child is not the only one doing crazy things in imitation. My friend's son has been caught many times climbing the inside of the doorframe!! Oh the joys of being a mommy to spunky kids!
See you soon at Shareunion.....I'll buy you a lemonade!!
Braces our in C's future too...this poor kid also takes after his mommy and he has no room in his mouth his poor teeth are so close together and they are only his baby teeth...and you know they do make Mike's hard lemonade...just saying...looks like lemonade to the kids. Nicki
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