I must tell you, I am still overwhelmed with happiness about Cj's IEP meeting! I wish my husband was there. Chris was at work, as I usually do all the talking! This is the meeting I have been waiting and dreaming about for four years. At first I was saddened that his classroom was so small, only five children. Many seem to have little cognitive ability. His teacher and ST are very young, but extremely bright and are on top of all the new learning skills and teaching methods (just what he needs), his OT is wonderful and has worked with Cj when he first went to this school, his PT is brilliant and has worked with Children's!
We started the meeting talking about how well Cj is doing health wise and how we are practicing eye gaze exercises and how he is doing great on the ipad. I told them my main goal this year forward is COMMUNICATION, period! He is going to be 8 years old next month, he is in second grade and it is about time we work on some devices! Both my husband and I have always been the biggest believer's in Cj's intelligence since the get, and I have been pushing the communication issues for a few years! The ST told me that they just did a small trial with Cj, there was some extra time left with a specialist that was at the school trialing a Head Mouse on another student. They put a small sticker like circle on Cj's forehead and a camera on the computer that picks up any movement from the sticker and it is shown on the screen. The ST told me he picked it up right away and was swirling the cursor around the screen and smiled, it was like he thought the computer was reading his mind! I was amazed, I had no idea he had this trial! I think she was waiting for the IEP to tell me. She said that because his head control is pretty good that this method of communication should work with a lot of practice, I have to see this to believe it. They are going to schedule a trail at the school so I can witness this miracle!