Monday, August 30, 2010

Speaking, Beaching, and Eating

Mikan is now using his voice augmentation app to communicate his needs. It's called Voice4u. We like it so far. He can choose from a list of items and touch the iPad screen to hear our voices say the name. You can also record video clips to go along with each item, and add whatever other pictures or audio you want to use. He already understands how to use it and will often ask for it to play with.

This week Mikan has an ENT appointment to follow-up on his sinus infection, discuss the possibility of ear tubes, and check the status of his stoma, which may need some surgical revision. If he needs both of these procedures, we'd have them done at the same time.

We still haven't heard when Mikan's AFOs will be ready to pick up, but we're anxious to get them because his walking is still pretty stagnant. His PT says that he sits and stands much better after his horseback riding sessions, but we've noticed that our day-to-day stretching and practices just don't seem to be getting him anywhere fast.

Some beach pics from Sat.

Just like last year at this time, Mikan enjoys licking apples, but refuses to consume any fruit. His biggest eating accomplishment last week was eating a whole brownie. He doesn't seem to have a problem with the chocolate flavored foods.

1 comment:

Michele said...

That is exactly what Kenny does...lick things! He then proceeds to throw them! hahaha! Good luck on his doctor appts. He has come so far...but I totally understand how frustrating life can get with a micropreemie. Kenny just got his g-tube and already he has had an infection and it came out once! UGH. He has refused to eat anything anymore.
That is so cool that he is understanding the Voice4u! You must be so proud! I will keek him in my prayers for his upcomming appointments. You are doing such a great job with him.