since school has started we have also increased whitney's therapies. she is now scheduled every week to receive two speech sessions, two developmental therapy sessions, one occupational therapy session and one physical therapy session. these are all therapies that she qualifies for based on her annual evaluation that took place in august through the state of indiana's early intervention program (First Steps). we LOVE all of our first steps providers (thearpists) and have been VERY lucky to have such wonderful people looking out for and helping miss whitney along.
we also added horse riding therapy (hippotherapy) through insurance about 5 weeks ago. we are doing this on our own in addition to the EI therapies. i put whitney on the wait list in February or March so that when she turned 2 and was able to begin horse therapy - we would be good to go. we elected to have her receive occupational therapy through TherAplay knowing that she would receive the benefit of the horse riding for half of the session whether we chose occupation or physical therapy. right now we would like whitney's fine motor skills (self feeding, pincer grasp, drawing with crayons, shape sorting, putting pegs in a hole, etc...) to get a little more work because her "pt" skills seem to be coming along - she is getting more steady at walking with just one hand held :)
anne is LOVING school this year - she is in preschool 3 days a week. she also is happy to have whitney going to school one day a week with her and their classrooms are right next to each other. i was worried about whitney going to preschool this fall (we also put anne in preschool one day a week when she turned two) because she still cannot walk unassisted and she does not speak very clearly yet - but she is signing QUITE A BIT now (over 50 signs) and her teacher and the director have been OUTSTANDING in assisting Whitney when she needs it and talking with me about how to adapt certain activities. For the most part - Whitney is keeping up and shows improvement every week in "preschool" :)
there are many more things i could think of to "update" this blog with- and i will try to be better at posting more often and "catching up" both on writing and reading all of the blogs that i LOVE! hope everyone is having a good week so far! i will end with some recent pictures...