Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thankful Thursday - Early Intervention and Stepping Stones Pediatric Therapy

It's that time of week when I try to narrow down everything that I'm thankful for to just one thing to talk about.  I have SO much in my life to be thankful for, but Thursdays are when I spotlight only one thing.  And this week I'm thankful for Stepping Stones Pediatric Therapy.

Anyone that has followed along on Alex's journey to speech has read or heard me talk about his speech therapy.  At 18-months, when he still wasn't talking his doctor referred him to Stepping Stones in Florence for an evaluation.  You can read about the evaluation HERE.

He has come SUCH a long way!  He can say about 10 words and signs just as many if not more.  Our lives are SO different now.  If it weren't for his doctor sending us there and if it weren't for his "teachers" we would still be lost.  We call them teachers and say it's school because that's where big "Sissy" goes during the day.  I figure it will definitely help when he gets older and Sissy always goes to school and he doesn't get to go, he will be happy to know he goes to his own school with his own teachers.  When we drive up he points and gets SO excited!
This hangs on the wall inside the front door.
A daily reminder of the people that work there and work with my son.
a random day in the waiting room

Stepping Stones is one of the places that I feel most comfortable, comfortable with myself, comfortable with my son, and know he's not being judged, I'm not being judged, and he's getting the help he needs.  They do everything they can to work with your schedule, and in my case, my son's inability to change schedules.  We started going to Stepping Stones at the beginning of the summer in June on Monday and Wednesday, at 9:30 and 9:45 respectively. 

On Mondays he saw Miss Becky and on Wednesdays, Miss Jane.  At the end of July, Miss Becky went on vacation for four weeks.  Instead of not going on Mondays, we started going on Fridays to see Miss Jackie.  It was a silent first meeting between Miss Jackie and AJ, but he didn't panic because after all he knew where he was, at his favorite "school."  On the second meeting he did a lot better.  I was SO glad we were able to keep going twice a week without interruptions. 

Now that Miss Becky is back, our schedule has changed because school has started.  We are back to Monday and Wednesday, but now at 11:15 and 11:00 respectively.  And now he will only see Miss Becky.  I know he will miss Miss Jane terribly, because he formed an attachment to her while Miss Becky was gone, but Miss Becky is his first "teacher" and he's very very fond of her.  

Today and everyday, I am thankful for Stepping Stones and their Staff, I am thankful for the early intervention that his doctor thought he needed.  I am thankful for Miss Becky, Miss Jane, and Miss Jackie for helping to break the communication barrier in our family, for helping ease AJ's frustration.  We are THANKFUL!
AJ and Miss Jackie
AJ and Miss Jane
AJ and Miss Becky.
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32 comments :

  1. I cannot get over how cute that baby boy is! :)

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  2. God bless your heavenly blessing, AJ.

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  3. Hey Tricia, would you consider linking this to the Mommy Brain Mixer? Here's the link in case you're interested: http://momofbigalittlea.blogspot.com/2012/08/andits-here-mommy-brain-mixer.html

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  4. Thanks, Tricia! It is such a lovely post!!I'm so glad you found a good place and that AJ loves it too!

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  5. Thanks for linking up with Friday Chaos! I am now following. Hope to see you back next Friday to link up again! Have a wonderful weekend. :D
    Dalayna
    www.dalaynadillon.blogspot.com

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  6. This sounds like a great and supportive place and I'm glad to hear you're getting what you need!

    Visiting from the Restless Blog Hop.

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  7. Hi dear! I followed you and I'd like to invite you to my blog hop.
    http://likearolemodel.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks sweetie! I'm following you back and linked up.

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  8. Wonderful progress :) I will pray for his continued development. have a great weekend.

    BTW, I am visiting from Tots & Me Hop.

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  9. Following you from a blog hop. Such a sweet story!

    http://chaoticcantrells.blogspot.com/2012/08/exciting-news.html

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  10. What a great poem/attitude! I found your blog via the hop (have become a follower) would love it if you visited my blog:).

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  11. So sweet! I love that poem so much. So wonderful!

    And thanks so much for stopping by and linking up! Hope to see you next time :)

    ♥ Nicole @ http://meandthem00n.blogspot.com

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  12. Cute blog...your newest follower from the Blog Love hop.
    Anissa from Chasing Hailey
    http://chasinghailey.blogspot.com/

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  13. Hi there,
    Thank you so much for following along with the first ever ‘Friday Chaos’. Hope you come back again next week.

    I have just reached my first milestone on my blog and I’m hosting a mini give away be sure to stop by and check it out!

    Look forward to seeing you again next week.

    Lotte xoxo
    http://www.bericebaby.blogspot.com
    http://www.youtube.com/bericebaby

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  14. Hello! Found you on the Blog Hop - I'm your newest follower! Would love a follow back at http://www.toeuropewithkids.com
    Thanks!

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    1. Hi and thanks for visiting. I'm following you back!

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  15. New follower from I Love My Online Friends! So glad to have found you!

    The "poem" is sooo precious! I have 4 kids of my own and teach 3 year olds and it choked me up a little to read it!

    Would love for you to stop by morethanmommies.net and follow back! Also, while you are there, check out our Sunday Sip Feature! I think you would be a perfect fit!! Let us know if you are interested in being the featured blog and we can add you to our list! :)

    Have a great Monday!

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  16. Hiya, I found your blog on 'blog hops everday' and I am now following you. I have to say that Alex's journey is inspirational. Nice one and best wishes ;-)

    Hope you can stop by my place too!

    http://www.thedayafteryesterday.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks so much for reading Alex's story and for following my blog, I'm following you back.

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  17. Hi there, I'm a new follower from the Mom's Best Nest blog hop. I have worked with children for a long while now and it is a good thing that your doc caught on and you took the proper steps to find help for your son's speech early. I wish the best of luck to you and Alex.

    Hope you can stop by sometime.

    http://www.bigfoottribe.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks1 I'm truly blessed that he did refer us. I am following you back.

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  18. You have a beautiful family & i can tell from the smiles on your children's faces that you are great parents! I'm your newest follower from "Flock Together Tuesday" - I would love a follow-back if you get a chance: http://godsgrowinggarden.com/
    Thanks
    Angie

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    1. Awww, thanks SO much! I'm following back.

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  19. So glad you found a great place with people who care so much! AJ is a beautiful little boy. I am a new follower from Mom's Best. Hope to see you atTrue Aim!

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    1. Thanks! I'm following you back and your site will be very useful for teaching the Bible to my lil man.

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  20. Hi Tricia! I found you through the Mom's Best Nest blog hop and I'm following you now. Your blog is inspirational. I love all the purple too :) Hope you can visit my blog too! http://FromOverwhelmedToOrganized.blogspot.ca
    Hilda

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    1. Thanks, I'm following you back and I see all of your purple too. :)

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  21. Awwwww! What a sweet little angel you have! And it's so great you have such awesome people working with him, too. :) Congrats on being featured on Flock Together Tuesday - it's nice to 'meet' you. ;) I'm your newest follower - have a great week! :)


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