In the last 5 weeks Autumn has had so many amazing triumphs. She has worked so hard and picked up many new skills. I am sure she will amaze her OT and PT at our next visit (in two weeks). And I am sure her Child Development Councillor (who works on cognitive skills) will be thoroughly impressed when we see her tomorrow.
Autumn has learned to stand with support; to move into sitting from quadruped (hands and knees); to move out of sitting with great form (I cried when she did this… we worked so hard for a long time); she’s mastered pivoting; and she learned to clap her hands and wave! (Can we picture ASL in her near future?)
Furthermore, she has picked up a new and highly unusual way of getting around… she bounces on her butt while sitting, consequently bouncing herself backwards! What a silly baby. So creative and independent.
Can you believe it?? I am one proud mama. It’s such a thrill to watch her grow and learn. As she gets a little bit older, I can see her personality emerge more and more. I love her more and more. How is that even possible?!
Yet, while she continues to excel at most of the things we work on, there are some things we are struggling with.
Eating, for one. This little girl is a pokey eater! It’s not an overly big deal I think, but I don’t know. I can’t find any answers.
I’ve sought help from the doctor.
Who referred us to the feeding clinic several months ago…. we are still waiting.
I’ve sought help from the Occupational therapist, who gave me a handout on textures. It wasn’t helpful…. I already know Autumn can eat purees or mashed food. It’s chewing/swallowing pieces we are having issues with. That, and removing food from the top of her mouth.
I sought help from the speech therapist just today… It was our first visit…. and probably the most useless visit of all!! I guess speech therapists here do not deal with feeding related problems in children, they send us to OT and the feeding clinic.
So, it seems I have exhausted all possible resources. Where does that leave me? It’s a lonely and frustrating day when all you want to do is help your baby learn the skills she needs and none of the professionals are able to help.
I went into the speech therapist today expecting to learn more about oral motor skills (the skills necessary for both speech and eating) and hoping to find answers to help with feeding challenges. I was expecting to discuss different things we could do to strengthen Autumns facial/oral muscles and coordination. But there was nothing hands on. We were told that Autumn’s language/speech skills are that of a 5 month old…. Told that we should mimic her sounds, demonstrate new sounds…. etc etc etc…. “sound play”.
Well that’s great, but we’ve been doing this all along.
It was extremely discouraging being told my daughter functions verbally at the level of a 5 month old… when I personally feel she is doing amazingly well. I love her many “bababa”s. But the most discouraging thing of all was realizing that the person I was hoping could help me, can’t.
I once again feel like it is up to me.
Thankfully, I have seen that with a little help Autumn is going to flourish to no end (just look at all she has accomplished in this past month!). I have faith that once I figure out how to help her out, she will ace it in no time. It’s just a matter of getting there. It’s just a matter of being motivated through any challenge or road bump. It’s just a matter of knowing that nothing will stop us from giving this baby the care she deserves! One frustrating day, is not going to hinder me.