Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Original Blog Post: February 23, 2010- Mr. Amazing
Caedmon continues to amaze the professionals.
Last week was our one year evaluation by the school district's early intervention staff, made up of a special ed teacher and a physical therapist. The PT, Kiirsten, has been by far our best teammate in helping Caedmon developmentally. She comes about every six weeks to check on his progress and give us more homework assignments. When she came for the year evaluation she said, 'I was just here not too long ago so I'm sure he hasn't made a lot of developmental progress since he was doing so much new stuff the last time.' As if on cue, Caedmon stood up in a bear crawl (an important step to being able to stand up on his own and something Kiirsten had not seen him do) and then crawled over to the couch on all fours (something he's been doing consistently for the last three weeks but not since the last time she came), pulled himself up to stand and cruised along the side of the couch. I had never seen him cruise before, he does make steps toward something regularly but never along something! I couldn't believe it! Neither could Kiirsten! She said, 'Well, I was wrong!' And just sat shaking her head for a while in disbelief. I loved seeing someone who works with people with disabilities everyday be speechless about my son!
Before leaving, Kiirsten made sure I understood that Caedmon continually impressed her by how swiftly he picks up new skills and how much he is developing. On the chart of social, educational and developmental milestones he is at or above every single thing except being able to walk on his own. This is not a shock and we were all well aware that he would be behind in that area. What is shocking is that this is the ONLY area he is behind in. What a little miracle boy he is!
Watching the Olympics last night they had a special interview segment with Tom Brokaw and a family whose son was in a tragic snowboarding accident six weeks ago. The son was to be a strong competitor against Shaun White but now he has major brain damage and is having to learn to walk again. I was so impressed with the parent's, especially the mother's, attitude about it all. At one point in the interview she said how thankful she was that she got to see miracles happening every day as her son improves bit by bit. I loved how strong they were, not a bit deterred but determined to help their son be the best he can be in the midst of the circumstances. It was very inspiring for me.