Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What's the catch?

I got an email a few weeks ago from the Family Support Network, which is a service for families of children with special needs. It said they were looking for families to mentor students at UNC who are graduate students in early childhood, special education, speech and language pathology, and occupational therapy. A part of their coursework requires them to spend time with a family and do a service project for them. It requires a minimum of 15 hours from the student over the fall semester, and the service hours may include babysitting if we don't have more specific needs. Also, they will pay us $50 for our time. So I signed up, and they said they would let us know if they matched us with a student.

So, I just got an email that they matched a student to our family, so we are in. They gave us her name, so we googled her (of course...). And it turns out that she is our age (I guess I was expecting someone like 22 years old), she is an experienced pre-school teacher, she currently works at TLS (the Reggio daycare that Munchkin was at until she started K) as co-lead for the half-day program, and she is getting her masters in Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support. She sounds very qualified to babysit for us for free!

She is supposed to just hang out with us for some of the hours just observing our daily lives, eat with us, come to the grocery store, whatever. She can observe Sweets at her daycare and in her speech therapy. She can come to IFSP or IEP meetings (though I don't think we have any scheduled during this semester) and doctor's appointments. If she can come with us to the genetics appt in Oct that would be great because the paperwork warned us that the appt would take 3 hours and that you might want to bring someone who can occupy your child while you talk to the doc.

I'm trying to think of other service-y things she can do. I'm thinking she can help us organize our toys/games which right now are just all over the place and there are so many that it is overwhelming. One of Sweets' evaluations had suggested implementing a different kind of toy system where only a few are available at once so that she isn't overwhelmed with the choices, so maybe her experience as a pre-school teacher would help with figuring out the best way to do that and which toys to leave out, etc.

My husband keeps saying, what's the catch? I don't know!

UPDATE: Well, we were informed that our student dropped the class. And the other students are already paired with families. So I guess we are not doing this now...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Many new words!

Sweets has been trying to say a lot of new things in the last 3 months. Since the speech evals she has gone from saying about 10 words/word approximations to over 50 (that I can understand, not other people). So her spoken words about match her signs now! For a long time she only said two repeated syllables, such as Baby, Mama, Dada, Pee Pee. But now she can say two different syllables - "Eee Ahh" means Cereal, "Ahh Ooh" means Thank You (or Love You), "Bah Pooh" means Waffle (or Apple).

Spoken Words

at 18 months
1- Bye-Bye
2- Hi
3- Uh Oh

19 months
4- Baby
5- Night Night
6- Dada
7- Mama

20 months
8- Cheese
9- Done
10- Up

23 months
11- bubble
12- Drink
13- Milk
14- More
15- pee-pee

24 months
16- Shoes

25 months
17- Pat
18- No

26 months
19- Apple
20- Ball
21- Hot

27 months
22- Bird
23- Boat
24- Book
25- Car
26- Cat
27- Cold
28- Daddy
29- Dog
30- Door
31- Down
32- Eat
33- Juice
34- Love You
35- Mine
36- Outside
37- please
38- poop
39- Poppy
40- Potty
41- Shoo-Whee
42- Socks
43- Star
44- Yes
45- Banana
46- Bar
47- Stop
48- Thank You
49- Wet
50- Hooray

27.5 months
51- Cereal
52- Here
53- Moon
54- Off
55- On
56- The End
57- Waffle