Graham had been part of the Early Start Program since he came home from the hospital after his second surgery. He had a teacher (case worker), a speech therapist, and an OT that came to our house each week. They set goals for Graham's development and then helped him reach those goals through therapy that was tailored to him, meaning it involved cars in some way ;). Cyndy, his first teacher, was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to take a medical leave in May, but Mary, Graham's speech therapist and Angela, his OT, continued to visit us and all three of them became a huge part of our lives over the past few years. Unfortunately you can only be followed by Early Start until the age of three and then you are transferred over to the school district. So this week we had to say goodbye to Graham's wonderful teachers. We are so appreciative of everything that they did to help him progress and we will really miss them.
|Angela and Mary with Graham on his "Graduation" Day.|
Consequently Graham will start a speech therapy preschool through the Campbell Union school district as soon as we think he is ready. He went to the classroom and did some testing over the last few weeks and Mary, the Speech Language Pathologist who runs the class, thinks he will do really well in their program. The only thing holding us back are some medical forms that need to be filled out and possibly Graham's separation anxiety which he is well on his way to overcoming. So I imagine that he will probably start preschool after Christmas.
Proof that his speech is improving:
Graham is such a fun little boy. He loves to go to the park and he especially loves the swing, but it has been amazing to watch him get stronger and figure out how to climb up the rope ladder and muster the courage to go down the slide without me.
He is still obsessed with cars, trucks, trains, motorcycles, etc. He loves watching for the garbage truck and the mailman and if there is a school bus within his field of vision, he will find it. He finally saw the "Cars" movie this summer and it has become as precious to him as the Motab.
|Watching "Cars" while playing with the residents of Radiator Springs.|
Which brings me to Graham's continued love for music of all kinds. His repertoire of songs is quite impressive and he actually sings words more clearly than if he were saying them. He still loves to lead the music and prefers songs with a big finish. The Beatles are still a favorite as well and it's fun to hear him sing their songs as he plays with his cars.
Here he is enthusiastically directing the Motab during General Conference:
And here's documentation of the birthday boy unveiling the car Grandma Janca got for him:
|Visiting Uncle Mike's fire station with his cousin, Timmy.|