Homeschooling and Physically Superb Program

I figured I would write a little update about how things are going with Wesley.
– In the end we decided that we are going to do Wesley’s school age ABA treatment in the school system. This was a very very hard decision for me. But in order to do the School Age ABA in our home I would have to take one day off from my daycare a week, every week. This would not work for any of my families and I would land up losing my job. While I know I could get in the 36 hours of therapy/schooling a week, I can not comply with the one day a week of overlapping that would require me to close my daycare that day. So my options were to homeschool him anyhow and give up ABA, or send him to school so he can received ABA and Speech Therapy. So my hubby and I decided that we would homeschool him till late winter/early spring and slowly start transitioning him to school. As his Preschool ABA services expire. He will still require 10 hours a week of home ABA with they provide a tutor and then an additional 5-10 hours provided by me. So I will will still be after schooling him. I know a lot of homeschoolers get insulted by the term afterschooling, but I think this is what our family is going to be doing. It is so hard for me to let go, but I decided if it doesn’t work I can always pull him out and start homeschooling again. Plus he wants to go, so who am I to stop him from trying.
– Wesley is nearly half way done Hooked On Phonics Grade One. I’m hoping to start him on HOP Grade 2 in the fall.
-He has also started the Complete Canadian Curriculum for Grade 1 workbook. My goal is for him to be done this by the time he starts his transition into grade 1.
-We also finished the 3rd set of I See Sam readers and are about to start set 4.
-Math is going well, Wesley has memorized addition from 0+0 to 12+12 as well as subtraction from 0-0 to 11-11. We are still using TouchMath.  
– I also have him working a few times a week on While he is well past the reading and math exercises on the Kindergarten Level 5, the science and social studies topics are so good for him to work on.
– He’s about to start Lesson 62 on Headspout.
– We have really been picking up the pace when it comes to Glenn Doman’s Physically Superb program. We are trying to walk and run everyday, and Wesley has been working on creeping 5-6 days a week. I bought some large 2×2 mats at Walmart a few weeks ago and we set them up in our living room and he does back and forth 8 mats. This allows me to calculate how far he has gone each day. Yesterday we were up to 240 yards. I also photocopied a set of the blue prints to make a Bracciation ladder for my dad to price out for me. I thought for sure it would cost well over $150 but he figures he can make it for $50 worst case senerio, maybe less if we can find the lumber for cheaper in the states when we go in a few weeks. So I plan on arranging our unfinished basement into a area where we can focus on his physical program this winter. I have been getting him to brachiate at the park, and he is getting his confidences, but come the time when the cold comes, we won’t be able to use those metal monkey bars comfortably. I’d like to make it younger kid friendly too so I can make a play area in the basement so the daycare children can us there large motor skills and run in the winter as well.

Finally! Our DAN Visit Update!

Well since I can’t sleep I figured I should update about out DAN! visit on Jun 4th.
I have to say it was a blessing that our doctor came out to a little town in Saskatchewan about 5 hours from home. I was struggling to figure out how in the world I was going to get us to Calgary as soon as possible. Then my car got smashed up and I feared that it would be written off and I would not get enough back from insurance to pay off the loan. About an hour after panicking, our DAN! called me and said she was shocked I hadn’t called to book an appointment with her in Carlyle. I told her I was unaware that she was even going to be there. Well thank God she called me because she was going to be working on a Saturday. Not only would I not have to drive 16+ hours to Calgary, I wasn’t even going to have to take time off work.
My parents offered to drive us because our car was still in the shop and the rent-a-car was not allowed to leave the provience. They arrived to pick us up at 10am. We drive a few hours till we hit Brandon, Manitoba. There we stopped to have a few quarter pounders from McDonalds. I know I know not very healthy. But Wesley was doing so well in the car, and since the McD’s diningroom was being renovated, they had a killer deal on there meals and all four of us ate for $16. Everything in moderation is my motto (except for gluten and dairy when it comes to Wesley) Plus there was a picnic area set up with a playstructure. So after he ate, he burned some energy on the swings. I wish I had taken some pictures to share.
Our appointment was scheduled for 4pm, we arrived at 3pm. We looked around and killed some time in the little shops, but really there was not much to do in the little town. I looked at my phone and realized it was 10 to for so we started making our way to her office. That’s when I noticed itthe town clock said it was 2:50pm. At that point it dawned on me, the time changed! Saskatchewan is an hour behind. So we sat in the car and snacked on some munches my mom brought, and Wesley read some books to us. Finally at 3:45(Saskatchewan time) we went in and she saw us almost right away.
The first thing she said when she saw him was “Wow he looks so healthy!!” She took some pictures of his eyes with a diagnostic tool called Iridology. Wesley was a big help here! According to her websites Iridology is:

Iridology is a diagnostic tool that helps the Practitioner see certain signs out of the iris that are in close connection to organ problems and out of the localization of those signs on the iris we can find out where the problems are coming from.

The greatest advantage of Iridology over other forms of health screening is that changes appear in the iris before the physical symptoms actually develops. Therefore, preventive action may be taken to improve health.  Iridology is therefore not concerned with specific symptoms, but with the restoration and maintenance of health by building up the body’s immunity and healing ability.

We then went over what treatments I was using, etc. She discovered he had an eye infection, so recommended something for that. He also had a swollen lymph node, so she upped one of his remedies. She lowered his anti-viral remedy as well as the remedy he was on for mini-seizures. Which thankfully have stopped! Overall she is so impressed with his health and she told Wesley she wished everyone responded this fast to treatment. We can mostly do consults over the phone now and she would like to see us again in 6months to a year. After he is finished the bottle of Refresh we need to do a new hair analysis. The only one we have ever done was from 2008. So I’m excited to see how our detox has worked. Basically we are at a stand still. Once our DAN! gets the results of the hair analysis, she can decided where to go from there. in the next month or so I’m going to start slowing down on some of the detox kit and hope that we can wean him off. 

This is what remedies Wesley is on right now. Besides the nasal spray he takes all of these DAILY. Thank God we can mix 95% of them in a water bootle(pictured here) and have him sip on it throughout the day

After our hour visit we ventured on home. We stopped again in Brandon, Manitoba for dinner. Choosing a sit down restaurant with slightly healthier options. Wesley was getting wiggly, but after a short time I was able to convince him to take a nap.
I am so grateful for:
– My parents for driving us there, and treating us to dinner. They also refused to accept gas money. And also letting me use their credit card to pay for the visit until I can pay them back with our tax return. God Bless them!
– Our DAN! doctor for coming out to Carlyle and saving us the financial burden of driving or flying out to Calgary. Also and even more importantly for working with Wesley and improving his health dramatically!
– For my hubby. He took car of getting the car from the shop and returning the rent-a-car while I was away
– And to everyone that is praying for Wesley. I truly believe God is helping him. I feel so confident that he will live a normal life. We are so close to kicking Autism’s Butt! So please if your the praying type, please say a special little prayer for my little man.
– I am so grateful for Wesley. I am blessed to have a little boy who gives me love and hugs. So many mom’s with children on the spectrum will never experience this. I pray for them daily and praise God for giving the gift of love from my child to me.
I remember praying one day at work when I was pregnant with Wesley. We had a patient come in with autism. I was so pained for this mother who had to watch her son deal with this. I just prayed God would protect my child. And there I was 2 years later getting the same diagnosis as this mother had received. Now though I see it as a blessing. Wesley has made me a stronger person. His diagnosis has built a bond between us like no other. I know we are one of the lucky ones. He has helped me appreciated LIFE!

Nature Park and Such!

This week went by fast. But it was a great week. Last week between coming home from out DAN! visit in Saskatchewan and Wesley’s birthday, Wesley was out of sort. But this week he has been doing amazing.
Or DAN! visit was very successful. She was very impressed how healthy Wesley looked. His lymph nodes were a little swollen. She lowered some medication, increased one for a short time to help the lymph nodes and he had a tiny eye infection. We had to start giving him some eye drops which was like pulling teeth, but his eyes healed up nicely. She also gave us a new ointment for his eczema that has helped so much! All and all we are working on weaning him off some products, we started him on some vitamins which he is now healthy enough to digest and absorb.
ABA wanted Wesley to attend Day Camp this summer, however we just can’t afford it. At $200 a week, I can’t justify one week of camp equaling half the cost of a year worth of Suzuki Violin. But there is a lady in our church willing to teach a group of kids violin this summer for the cost of the photocopies. It was a slight battle to get ABA to agree to take Wesley, however in the end they agreed. I also have a meeting this week to try and convince the ABA school age director that Homeschooling and ABA is a good idea. Please pray they agree so we can receive the funding we need.
Locally one of our city parks just opened up a Nature Playground:

An exciting addition to Assiniboine Park is the new Nature Playground, opened in May of 2011.

From your first steps down the tree-lined path toward the Nature Playground, you will be transported into a world of wonder that encourages children of all ages to run, jump, climb, explore, and play!
Exercise your body and your imagination while you explore the sand and water play area, slithering slides, a sky-high crow’s nest, willow tree tunnels, basket swings, a giant robin’s nest, net bridges, and topiaries. These unique features are inspired by and incorporated into the area’s natural surroundings, which include two acres of trees, gardens, gently rolling hills, and colourful rubber mountains.
Another highlight is the Children’s Garden inspired by the classic childhood board game of Snakes and Ladders. Natural materials have been used wherever possible, from a larger-than-life robin’s nest constructed of reclaimed, naturally-felled oak to a troupe of topiary frog musicians and a living checker-board guarded by a fearsome or friendly-looking wooden serpent (depending on how you feel about snakes).
The new space is designed as a year-round destination, as the land is naturally transformed by the uniquely Manitoban elements each season brings. Showcasing everything from endless spring tulips to wintery snow-covered hills, the Nature Playground will be a space for families to enjoy throughout the year.

So anyhow we have been going there a few times a week. We start with a walk through the English Gardens(not only because its beautiful, but also because it’s close to a nice shady place to park) then we run around with the kids at the park. Yesterday we caught a tadpole to put in our fish tank. Sadly he was in the tank for literally 2 seconds and one of or fish ate him as a snack. I guess we won’t be watching him turn into a frog.

In other exciting news! The TOS Crew is set to sail at the end of the month. This is my first year aboard and I’m so excited to get started! I’m hoping I can share as much information about different homeschooling products with my readers!
Well I hope everyone has an amazing Father’s Day!!

Mother to a Six Year Old.

Six years ago today I left the hospital with my 2 day old baby boy. He changed me into a better person. God placed him into my car with purpose. We have been through so much together. And with God’s grace he has overcome mountains. 
He has dealt with parents who 5months into his life split. I know focusing on the past sets up a situation that makes you miss the present, but I can’t help but wonder what might have been should I have fought a little harder. But everything happens for a reason. 
He dealt with his diagnosis at 2 and a half. And here we are at twelve nearly at the finish line of the kick Autism in the butt race. I’m struggling with 2 issues right now in my life and one is getting his treatment provided to him I’m a homeschooling situation. I went for a walk to pray and think about what to do about my other situation and I came home with ideas and a plan to deal with our therapy/homeschooling problems. Funny how it all works. 
I’m missing my baby boy. He’s out at the lake with his father and won’t be home till tonight around 10. I miss him so much when he’s gone. Day visits don’t bother me as much. I use the time to work on my relationship, get my shopping done, clean, etc. But night visits kill me. I do not like not being there to tuck him in. I miss his little voice asking me to cuddle with him. Or “Mom, I ask you a question. What is 3+10+3+10+9 equals what mom.”
His birthday was amazing. The daytime was low key. His morning tutor brought him candy for his birthday present. And he asked for birthday pancakes which I made him. Them after work my parents and brother arrived and we made burgers for supper. Then we opened presents. He was so happy! I’ll post a picture when I can get on my laptop. He got 2 DS games, Monopoly Jr(which we played he he caught on so quick!), Twister, a pile of Little Critter books, 5 Scooby Doo books, 2 backyardagains books, aLook and Find book, silly face sticker book, 3 Transformers, a new bow, 2 WorryWoo plushies and books, two gift bags bursting with clothes, a Readeez DVD, and a cute Marvel Kids matching games. My parents also bought him a bike, after many hours of research and reading reviews they finally made a decision after reading some great reviews on best bikes. I thought a 16″ would be perfect. But my dad thought that would not last him and we should get an 18″. Well they found an 18″ in the states and bought it for him. He sat on it and his feet could not touch the ground. So they are going to save that one for next year and promised to find him a 16″. But for some reason they are hard to come by. 
Overall I think it was an amazing day. I didn’t cry like I did when he turned 5. I think it was his best birthday to date. We are so excited for his McDonalds birthday party tomorrow. 


I should be writing about our wonderful visit with our Defeat Autism Now! Doctor. However that will have to wait as I am struggling right now with getting my son the funding he deserves. Basically our preschool ABA services are coming to an end in January. We have very blessed that our government has agreed to pay for this and support my son through this program for 3 years. I know this is more then most people out side of Manitoba get. However, if my son were to go off to public or private school after this he would automatically receive 3 addition years of level 3 funding and 2 additional hours a day after school of ABA sessions in our home. Basically I told them would have full intentions of homeschooling, so he will not be in school, however I would like him to receive his 2 hours a day for after school ABA therapy. Well no one has apparently tried this before. Of course the first answer is no. But I know they make exceptions all the time so it is my job as a parent to investigate the matter more. I’m actually saving the government thousands of dollars by homeschooling him, and to me it would make sense for them to allow this to happen. However as usual legalistic get in the way.
So after being on the phone with my social worker, she seems to have hit a brick wall with her superiors, so now I contacted MFEAT “Manitoba Families for Effective Autism Treatment”, sometimes these people can write a few letters and get things moving.
I guess I never realized how much you have to fight for your rights as a homeschooling parent. It seems I’m in a position now that I may have to send my child to school in order to get therapy. Its frustrating to have everyone force putting him in school down my throat. Even though I know he is doing amazing at home.
So I have a lot of thinking to do.


Well the weather has been so beautiful here in Manitoba that I’ve been busy spring cleaning, getting out out of control yard in check and playing outside with the kids I haven’t had much computer time. So here are a few bullets to update everyone with whats going on.

  • Hubby crashed my car. Yikes! He’s perfectly fine, Thank God. The car is well, were still waiting to see if the insurance company will repair it, or if its a write off. I pray it is fixable.
  • Wesley is doing amazing! He had a dental check up today at my old work. No cavities! It was nice to visit with my old co-workers. But I’m glad I’m no longer working there, I’m so much happier being at home with my boy.
  • I made the TOS Homeschool Crew for 2011-2012!! This is very exciting for me. Last year I applied but like I thought I was not accepted. I was a first year homeschooling Momma, and my blog was very new. But I made it my personal goal this year to make the team and I’m so honored to have been accepted!
  • One thing that is creeping up on me is the fact my son turns 6 next month! We are having a Transformer birthday party at McDonald’s. A friend of mine did her son’s birthday party there last month and it was a blast. Plus it seems to be more cost effective and I also love the fact there is someone there to set up and someone to clean up and my house stays in one piece.

I hope everyone has been enjoying the spring. I’m busy praying for the people who are suffering from the floods in our province. Learning Academy Review

Wesley and I had the chance to review Academy. This is a curriculum designed for children in preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten. The site is not intended to replace traditional schooling and the team encourages both parents and teachers to use the site with their children. While using Academy your child will be exposed to Reading, Math, Beginning Science, Geography, Art and Music.

“The Step-by-Step Learning Path presents the full curriculum in a carefully designed program of more than 350 lessons in six levels. As your child completes each lesson, he or she is guided to the next one and is motivated to continue learning by’s Tickets and Rewards System”

While going through the program your child with receive ticket for each activity they complete. Your child can then take these tickets and exchange them for items for their room or aquarium.

Different Ways to Learn with

Art: With many different types of art activities—including coloring pages, dot-to-dots, paint-by-numbers, traceables, and printables— helps children learn reading, math, and other subjects while they are expressing themselves artistically. 

Books: The hundreds of traditional and original stories and nonfiction books in’s library will open doors to worlds of knowledge, adventure, and fun for children. Every concept of the curriculum—whether it is the sound of a letter, the sequence of counting 1–5, or the seasons of the year—is explained in child-friendly language in one of our library books.

Songs:’s music collection features original songs about every letter of the alphabet as well as newly produced and recorded children’s classics. The variety of music on the site not only serves to reinforce the other curriculum subjects but also to introduce children to a range of musical styles and themes. Your child will love to sing along!

Puzzles:’s curriculum includes hundreds of jigsaw and cutout puzzles that help children learn and remember important ideas and skills in reading, math, science, art, social studies, and music. There are puzzles for every letter of the alphabet, sight words, stories, the numbers 1 through 20, shapes, zoo and farm animals, and many, many other topics.

Games: includes hundreds of games and interactive learning activities, each designed to be fun and educational at the same time. Your child can play games to learn the alphabet, to learn new words, to learn about numbers and shapes, and even to learn about the planets! Since all of the games on the site include voiced instructions, they are easy for young children to learn and play.

Printables: has printables for every subject: reading, writing, math, colors, art, music, beginning science, social studies, and more. Encourage your child to continue their learning offline with printable activities, such as letter and number tracing, coloring, dot-to-dot pictures, paint-by-number drawings, mazes, and pattern recognition activities.
Overall what did we think?
Wesley loved it! Token systems work wonders for him, so he selects an item for his aquarium he would like to earn and then he keeps working at getting enough tickets. When he saw he could purchase a castle, he sat there and did enough lessons to earn 125tickets! In one sitting! Then the other day he discovered if he did a exercise a few times the star turns from white to gold. Another great motivation!
One thing I would love to see in future versions of this program is the ability to choose and set what level the puzzles are presented in the parent section. I found Wesley wanted to do the really easy ones when I wasn’t looking. I would love to be able to block 1-6 and have him choose between 7-10.
You can try it out $7.95 for one month or buy a one year subscription for $79(equals 2 months free). I think that is a very fair price, especially if you have more then one child because your subscription allows access to 3 children accounts and 1 parent account.
Even though Wesley is reading already, the books are great for him and he enjoys reading along. For us the major part that drew me in was the Beginning Science, Geography, Art and Music. My son and step-daughter were sitting around this week learning about Seals!
Thank-you for allowing us to review you great site!
I was provided with free access to the website in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not paid, nor was required to write a positive review.

TouchMath Tutor First Grade Software Review/Giveaway *Closed*

Well Wesley and I were very lucky to team up with the great people from TouchMath to review their NEW TouchMath Tutor First Grade Software.

This software showcases vibrant graphics, cheerful music and sound effects, and a true hands-on approach. TouchMath comes to life onscreen while students become so eager to complete each activity they won’t even realize they’re learning critical math concepts! It was developed for use on classroom/home computers –– both with traditional mouse/keyboard functionality AND those computers with touch screen capability. The software is also compatible with Interactive Whiteboards for classroom use. Students are enthralled with the creative imagery as they play to learn: Touching/Counting Patterns, Number Concepts 1–100, Odd and Even, Place Value (11–99), Addition and Subtraction Facts with Objects and TouchPoints, Addition with Counting On, Double-Digit Addition and Subtraction, Addition and Subtraction Fact Families, Addition and Subtraction Word Problems, and Backward Counting (18–0).

TouchMath in our option has done it again, only this time better! The slight glitches from the Kindergarten edition have been corrected. Children no longer have to start from the beginning if they let go of the dot before its placed in the right place. Wesley loves working and filling up the “fuel gauge” at the top of the screen. Sadly my computer kicked the bucket so we lost all of our progress. But Wesley didn’t seem to mind redoing the exercises.

We really liked the explanation videos. They were very clear, interesting for the child and short. I was also impressed that after using the program for only a short time Wesley was already learning about adding 2 digit numbers without any numbers to carry over. Like the Kindergarten software this program was a great introduction for Wesley. It introduced the topics, so when we sat down to worksheets he already had some knowledge and the solution came to him much quicker. I’m sitting on pins and needles waiting for their Digital Grade One Math Kits to be released later this year, so I we can start working on some more of the skills he is learning with the software. For now I plan on ordering some of the downloadable worksheets to hold us off.

Personally after many hours on Google, a few hundred dollars wasted on other math programs that didn’t work for us, TouchMath is a fun program both my son and I both like. We have finally found a good fit for our family. Once the dots are patterns are memorized your child can use this technique when working out math problems on their own. Math is coming a lot easier to my son now since starting TouchMath.

Some people are concerned about the Double TouchPoints. I was too, but I find that it makes the numbers look neat and tidy, and that makes it easier for the children to work out the problems. From talking to other parents who use this program and from my own experience with my son, children learn the order in which to count the dots very quickly. Using the software my 5 year old had it figured out in only 45mins and he retained that information.

For parents who are required by their state to keep records will find the Student Assessment and Teacher Options very helpful. It records your child Pre-Test and Post-Test scores and there is a print option available so you can provide a copy in your end of the year report.

Overall Wesley and I would recommend this software to anyone doing math at a grade 1 level. Its fun, interactive, colorful, and best of all extremely educational. The theme song is catchy too, Wesley and I sing it every time we start the software up.

Would you like to win your own copy of the Grade 1 TouchMath Software?
If so complete one or more of the following calls to action. Leave a separate comment for each call to action and make sure to include your email address so I can contact you.
– Head over to to the TouchMath Website and let me know of their another product you might like to try with your children
Like TouchMath on Facebook
Follow TouchMath on Twitter
Join TouchMath Champions forum
– Follow Doman, ABA, Dayhome and Homeschooling Momma publicly
Contest is open to Canadian and Americans till May10th,2011 @ 11:59pm
Thank-you to the people at TouchMath for allowing me to review their product. I was provided a free copy of this software in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not paid or required to write a positive review.

Congrats! The winner is

Tracy said…
I would love to try the Kindergarden program.
April 25, 2011 7:15 PM

Readeez Review/Giveaway *closed*

Wesley and I have had so much fun reviewing Readeez Vol 1& 2 as well as Songeez. I’m telling you there has been A LOT of singing and dancing going on in my house.We were sent these videos and the cd online. I received a link and just downloaded them on to my computer. From there I was able to load them into iTunes and then on to my iPhone. These downloads are designed for your computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or AppleTV.

Readeez are a great resource for parents because:

1. They’re truly entertaining. Kids adore the original songs and characters in Readeez. They love watching—and the more they watch, the more they learn.
2. Words are the stars. Text is the dominant element onscreen. Big, clear text. In fact, Readeez are more like books than they are like other videos.
3. Readeez use SyllableSync. With this breakthrough technique, kids both see and hear each syllable of each word. Simultaneously.  

Well right away Readeez was a hit because Wesley could watch it right on my iPhone. Wesley loves my iPhone, and now that he can watch Readeez on it, he maybe on it more then I am. After he realized it was on my computer, which I can hook up to our TV, well Readeez became one of his favorite shows.

I find with one of my daycare kids(5years old) who is allow to watch pretty much anything at home and plays Call of Duty, is very hard to get him to enjoy any sort of educational videos. Well Readeez is officially cool with this child, he often request to watch the show, and if I feel they have had too much screen time, I just through on the CD.

Yesterday my son and my 5 year old daycare child were playing Tonka Trucks in the backyard and suddenly they broke into song. This is what they were singing. The neighbors must have thought they were nuts because they were singing with such emotion. I wish I could have caught it on video camera.

My personal favorite song is this one:

There are so many others, the kids have too many favorites to list here. But I would suggest everyone head over to the Readeez Website and check them out for yourself. And with Readeez Vol 3 coming out next month, I know I will be ordering a copy for my son, he’ll be thrilled to receive it for his birthday in June.
But be forewarned, these songs are catchy. You might find yourself washing dishes and sing to yourself “Circle and Square” or “Something Big In Mind” your husband will look at you wondering if you’ve snapped. Or shopping at Walmart and your child and you will break out and start singing “Modes of Transportation” in the Hotwheels aisle.

But in all honestly, your kids will have a new respect for words. For parents that are using the Doman method with their child, this is a new fun and factual approach to spice up your program. The words are large, clear and easy for young eyes to see. They also appear quickly across the screen, so in my option are great for right brain absorption.
Would you like to win the download-able version of Readeez Vol 1,2 and Songeez?
Complete one or more of the following calls to actions. For each one leave a separate comment with your email.
Like Readeez on Facebook
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– Tell me which Readeez you watched on their Website is your favorite.
Contest is open WORLDWIDE, and is open till April 30th,2011 at 11:59.
Thank-you Michael at Readeez for creating this fun DVD and CD set. We have had a LOT of fun reviewing your product. 
Disclaimer: I received a download copy of Readeez Vol 1,2 and Songeez in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.

The winner is Tracy! Congratulations!!

DAN! update

Well we finally figured out the mini-seizure issues. Turns out Wesley has minor inflammation of the brain. Which is apparently fairly common with children on the spectrum, just like inflammation of the digestive tract is normal. Because of shipping delays we were without Guna-FLM for a few days, and oddly enough the mini-seizures came back full force. I haven’t to see one of these seizures but his tutors tell me its pretty scary. His eyes roll back and he is just out of it. They only last 10sec-45secs, but its enough to scare everyone. Except Wesley, he doesn’t seem to notice. Apparently the part of the brain that is typically inflammed is also related to speech. Oddly enough these mini-seizures almost always happen during the intra-verbal part of the sessions.
So we started him on a higher dose of Guna-Flam and I also am to go to the health food store and buy some HEEL-Trameel to keep in my cupboard. This product is like Guna-FLM, so if I ever run out again and the DAN! can’t get me Guna-FLM quick enough we have this. stuff. She likes Guna-FLM better, but the other product HEEL-Trameel does the basically the same thing and is easier to get.
She said as awful as it was for Wesley to have to go through these mini-seizures, we at least now know WHY he is having them, and when we reevaluate his plan this summer, this will play a big part of it.
Now I just have to pray for God to help us afford to drive out to Calgary this summer. I’m blessed to know that we always have a place to stay there for free. But last time flying out there was over $1200. The drive would likely be $300, the appointment would be covered, and then supplements, well that’s where it gets pricey. But the goal is to get a hair analysis done before we leave so we can review the results. Our hopes is to wean him off some of the supplements that have done doing what they are going to do, and evaluated what we need to do next. She has a few ideas, but needs to ask all the right questions and get a look at where Wesley is now.
She is actually very happy with how well Wesley has responded to treatment. Changes are harder for me to notice because I’m with him day in and day out. But people who haven’t seen him in a while really notice a difference in his language.
Things I notice are
– he is eating a lot more. The variety of food has increase. and he is finally gaining weight and fulling out a bit.
– I’m able to have a conversation with him, and he is try to start conversations. He also tells me about things that have happened during his visits with his father or grandparents.
– Temper tantrums and behaviors have decrease 10 folds
– He can function the next day if he goes to bed at 9 instead of 8. Before even the slightest fluctuation in his bedtime would make the next day a living nightmare. Now he can even get to bed an hour and a half past bedtime and be fine the next morning.
Thank-God we took the chance and went out to Calgary. It was worth the money.