Elise's 1st day of developmental preschool was today. She is now getting 30hrs/wk of therapy.
Since the beginning of summer she has had therapy at our home every day and it has made a big difference. Before people would ask if she's making much progress and I would try to think of ANYTHING new she had done. I had a hard time answering that question.
Now I feel like she's learning more and more things all the time. I know it's because of her daily therapy and many prayers and fasting on her behalf.
I truly want what's best for her. I often ask myself, "Is early intensive therapy the best or staying at home with us?"
Our short-term and long-term goals for her are to have the best quality of life she can have. Yes being with family is great but I have learned it's not fully the right answer.
I have seen her light up learning how to activate a toy by herself and feeling proud.
I have seen her learn to motor plan climbing up a ladder then going down a slide by herself and feeling proud.
These things she's learning in therapy are helping improve her quality of life. She is happier and more content. I know she feels a sense of satisfaction. As much as I wish more than anything that I could spend the entire day with her one on one working with her, I know I can't. There are others in our family who deserve and need me as well.
I am grateful that half the time she does get to be home during therapy. And I am grateful for all the help and resources out there. It's a blessing. It's a lifesaver. With every progress she makes it's like watching a miracle take place.
Elise's bus aides. They are so sweet and good to her. They both squat down and encourage her to walk up the stairs when she gets on. She has a difficult time walking up the bus stairs, but with the help of the rail and my help she can do it. She has begun to love the bus and when we wait for it to come, she gets a smile on her face and begins to walk towards it.
One of the aides made these cute travel pillows for all the kids. When Elise rides the bus home, she is on there for 30 minutes and almost always falls asleep. This pillow was such a thoughtful idea and I'm grateful my little girl is being taken care of.
I LOVE being a mom to my 5 kids; one with special needs. There is no greater joy than being a parent! I love each one individually but this blog will mostly focus on our daughter with special needs and our journey with her. Thanks for reading!