Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lions and Tigers and Therapy, Oh My! (Part 1)

Because of our upcoming move, the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of thinking a lot about therapy.  Thinking about therapies available in Jacksonville; checking out therapist references and resources; visiting schools and clinics to see which setting will work best for Olivia, getting on waiting lists (3-6 months for pediatric therapy.. wow) and researching what alternative therapies are in the area we are moving to.

 In addition, because Olivia will turn 3 and age out of the EDIS system (military early intervention) immediately after our move, I'm cramming on information about IEP's, Wright's Law, FAPE, IDEA, Section 504...who knew that special needs education was as acronym ridden as the military?  I'm learning an entirely new language in a crash course.

Last, but not least, some therapies I've wanted for Olivia for a long time (swimming, hippotherapy, yoga, brain/music, ABA) are closer to becoming available to me as she is getting older and we are negotiating those possibilities as well.  In the past three weeks we've added ABT therapy, added another supplement, received approval to start 6 hours a week of ABA therapy through Butterfly Effects and found a pediatric Occupational Therapist who is also a special needs yoga instructor who will come to our house and do yoga primarily with Livi, but also the whole family.

Whew.  Are you tired yet?  I am.

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