Friday, January 26, 2007

What about Brian

This past Monday on "What about Brian" there was an episode about a young couple making a decision on weather to implant their almost 12 month old daughter. This story line should be very interesting, especially for us with implanted kids. I'm so glad there is a show out there that is addressing this issue. The more information brought to the public the less harder it will be for our children to break free from any preconceived stereo types of the past. You can watch the episode from January 21st on This is definitely a story line to watch!!!

FYI, there is also another implant story on televison on "The Young and the Restless". An older boy who caught menengitis has recently been implanted. I don't watch it but I believe it is Dru's son. Check it out!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Happy New Year - Update on Jack

Jack has now been implanted for almost 3 years with his first implant. He has had his bilateral implant for 7 1/2 months. I have noticed so much improvement on Jack's listening since his bi-lateral. He is so much more in tune with what is being said and picking up incidental speech like crazy. Yesterday, I was in the kitchen and Jack was in our office which is quite a distance away. I called his name and I heard him in the office say "what". It is amazing how well Jack is's a miracle.

Jack is doing well with his overall understanding, but is still behind in his ability to use his words well. We had Jack evaluated by a oral motor specialist this past October and we found out that Jack is having some sensory issues with his mouth. We have been working on his oral motor issues since October and I have notice a difference in the last few weeks. He really is adding more words to form more complete sentences. He is still having troubles forming his B's and P's, but his M's are coming around. I know that this is why Jack has not progressed in his verbal abilities and I can't wait to see what this year is going to bring for him as we finally resolve this problem.

Jack is still attending AVT twice a week, oral motor once a week and Montessori Pre-school half day, everyday.

Happy New Year to all of you!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Jack in New Advanced Bionics Calendar

Advanced Bionics has just issued it's 2007 calendar. Jack did make it in this years calendar, his picture is in February. It is a fantastic calendar and I look foward to seeing all the kids pictures and reading there comments. If you would like a copy of the calendar you can log onto Advanced Bionics web page and request one. On the side of this posting you will find a link to Advanced Bionics. Have a Happy New Year!!!!