Thursday, May 19, 2011

{Special Needs iPad and IEP Update}

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I have had so many people email as ask where I found the wheelchair mount for the iPad, seen here in this previous posts, so I figured I'd just put it in a post and answer everyone at once. We purchased this mount online -- it's call the articulating arm. This really is an amazing little invention and we use it on a daily basis. 

It took a little while to get comfortable with finding the perfect angles for Angela, but I've got it down to a science now and I can set the arm and fold it down very quickly. 

The site offers an iPad case but you can find one much cheaper at a store like five below or on Amazon.com. A large peice of industrial Velcro attaches to the case and the other side to the arm. We replace the Velcro on a monthly basis to ensure the iPad is very secure. 

Angela contintues to amaze us on a daily basis. She is getting so strong and both visually and developmentally she is really taking off. This week we had her very first IEP meeting which went great. The IEP it's self was pretty easy -- Angela was offered more than enough services. We petitioned for in home therapy since we are not ready to send her to school due to our desire to create permency in our home. I was able to talk down her therapy hours as in my opinion, allowing her to live life outside therapy is totally the best kind of therapy. 

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Anyway, it wasn't exactly the IEP that I felt was so great, it was Angela's presentation during our meeting. Just a month ago when I took her for her evaluation I spent most of the meeting giving her verbal cues to stop many behaviors such as gazing at the lights and wringing and biting her hands. This week I had to correct her maybe only once. She was amazing. I wheeled her into the meeting and she greeted everyone with a smile and hand wave. She played with her iPad and her toys the entire meeting. She was very social, making random eye contact with the therapist throughout the meeting and sending a little wave to them. 

It was so amazing to see. 

We had to change most of her goals as she has progressed so much since last month. Heck -- last month she was totally tube fed and now she eats everything!  Today she also began to drink from a sippie cup -- so far today I've gotten about 4 ounces down -- that is so impressive!

Angela turns three on June 3rd and less than a week later we go to court and finalize in the eyes of the law what we already know in our hearts -- she's ours!  I couldn't be happier to be her mommie.  I thank God on a daily basis for choosing me for this very cool adventure.  

13 comments:

Clementsville: Population of 4! said...

It's amazing what your love is doing for this child! I'm so happy for your family and this sweet angel!!! Blessings to you!

Susan said...

Thank you so much for the info on the arm. It's going to help a lot of other kids. I'm so glad to hear how well your daughter is doing.

Karen Owens said...

@Susan -- no problem, so happy to help!

Mo said...

My heart is so happy for your Angela. So, so happy.

bradcrabtree said...

You guys = the best parents!

britta said...

I can't wait to see her face in a few weeks! Also, from what we can see...I think Angela looks healthier in many ways already! You guys are an awesome family!

Phyllis said...

Can I just say, Holy Cow!! Amazing beyond words. I am crying happy tears with all the progress she has made. And like previous reader said, she looks healthier too! (or maybe its because the circle is getting smaller lol) I am so happy for you all! I know there will be challenges ahead but yipee for how much this little girl as acheived in such a short time!

Kelly said...

Congratulations on a finalization date. It is amazing to see the progress Angela has made since coming to your home. It is obvious in the pictures she is bigger and stronger. You are doing such an amazing job with her. You are an amazing mom.

JayCee said...

So cute to see a little smile on Angela's "face"!

Missy said...

Congratulations on the "official" finalization of becoming Angela's Mummy and Daddy, although like you said, she has been your little girl from day dot.

I am so impressed with all her fabulous gains, especially in both her social behaviour and her eating. That is very impressive.

I love it when you have you family meetings (IEP's) and you get to check off and change your child's goals as they have already met and achieved them. That is my favourite part of monitoring my little girls progress.

Congratulations on doing such a fabulous job in helping Angela reach her goals. She is very lucky to have you both as her parents
x

Deb said...

So awesome Karen! Amazing! Huge congrats to you!!!

Team Carter Jay said...

She is amazing! Go Angela!

Many prayers!

Ellen said...

Its amazing what you've helped Angela be able to accomplish so far! She is one very lucky girl to have your family be hers! God bless your family!!!