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Growing up by appointment

“You are doing really well.” The words hung in the room. I wasn’t sure how to respond. It was a rather unexpected comment as the doctor was getting up to leave. It was the end of a three hour clinic visit – my son’s last clinic visit at the pediatric rehab hospital where he’s been … Continue reading

Stranded on a desert island

“If you could do anything tomorrow, what would you do?” “Skiing,” said the mechanical voice of my son’s voice output program. “If you won the lottery, what would you buy?” Deane pressed “dog.” “If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you take?” “A guitar and drum. A TV (to watch Raptors’ games). … Continue reading

Food fit for …?

Just before she headed out for the weekend, the speech-language pathologist assigned to our son’s case, came by to tell us that on Monday she would be lifting the order that he be given only minced food. She was at pains, however, to emphasize that his food must be cut up into very small pieces … Continue reading

Looking for a win

We need a win. That was the thought I came out of the meeting with all the staff involved in our son’s care. They went around the table and talked about the issues: his eating – or lack thereof; his hydration – through an NG tube they’re in no hurry to remove; his weight bearing … Continue reading

Food vs. nutrition

“Thanks,” I said and I meant it, but it didn’t sound that way. I was trying to be appreciative of people doing their job with the best of intentions. But the tone of my voice was frustrated, angry, even sarcastic. The problem was I didn’t like what they were saying. In their opinion my son had shown … Continue reading

What he’s trying to say – Part 3

I sat in a corner of my son’s classroom with a knot growing in my stomach. I’ve been through this before. I was there with the speech-language pathologist, an OT who specializes in communication systems and two of Deane’s educational assistants. The purpose of the meeting was to show the EAs how to connect Deane’s … Continue reading

What he’s trying to say – Part 2: the VOCA

I can’t begin to count the hundreds of hours I’ve spent programming devices to give Deane a voice. Add to that the number of hours I have sat in meetings setting goals of what he should be able to do with those devices and I’m sure there are weeks that I’ll never get back. In … Continue reading