Happy New Year.
Well it’s been a bumping few months, we have had other issues come back from seeing a ED Psy to now seeing OT and maybe a few more diagnoses will be coming our way.
We now know Oliver has problems with his short term memory, and school have updated staff and put things in place, Oliver now carries a card around with instructions on to show his teachers to remind them of his issues. Lets see what time shall bring and if it works.
The Aqua paper is helping no end and now I believe instead of paper being stuck in to white page books Oliver has now been giving aqua coloured paper exercise books. I believe this is only core subject at the moment but it is a step in the right direction.
As for OT what a great first appointment, we walked in and right way she wanted to assess Oliver for a sensory issue, just from his posture lol, (always been awful) I filled in a questionnaire while she did some assessments so we await the results of that. She did have a name for it but for the life of me I can’t remember it. So the new condition could be something to do with sensory of joints? I have to do sensory brushing on Oliver and at the moment he really doesn’t like the feel on it. OT also did a perception test on Oliver, which has come back he has perception issues and now at home we have to encourage him to do word-searches, jigsaws and where’s wally books, to help improve his perception.
I have found out Oliver has a good pencil grip but he has weak hand muscles and we have had to get strong putty for him to play around with and help improve those, I have to say he loves the putty and uses it like a fidget toy. I wonder if he would be allowed to take it into school ? Also Oliver’s bad handwriting could stem from the sensory side of things, who would ever have known that?
We have another appointment this month to one see how things are going with regards to the things we have been given now, and maybe for OT to do more assessments if she feels the need to or to get the report back and how we go forward in supporting Oliver.
So the OT’s aim is to do as many assessments as needed to get to the bottom of things so then when the time comes for exams etc we can apply for what ever Oliver needs and in the meantime we can get him the correct support.
As heartbreaking as it is, we are on the right road hopefully to getting the correct support for his needs, as support apparently isn’t needed to Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD and Motor Dyspraxia !
Lets watch this space shall we, good luck in all your journeys.