Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2021 was a great year, and I hope that 2022 will be an even better year. Over the course of three weeks I will tap into all the therapies that my child receives.

First I would like to say thank you for taking the time out to read my blog. It is truly appreciated.

Isaiah receives three different therapies in school. He receives speech, occupational and physical therapy. Isaiah also receives ABA services after school. I try to get him all the help that needs. ABA services can be payed for through insurance or Medicaid. Check your insurance to see if you qualify or call your Medicaid office for more information. This week I will speak about his speech therapy. Isaiah received all three services in early intervention and once he transitioned out of that program he received these services in preschool as well. Isaiah had a teacher in preschool named Ms. Jennifer who was great and Isaiah loved her. She was always available when I needed questions answered and we still keep in touch from time to time to this day.

Around the age of 3 or 4 (I really can not remember) Isaiah picked up reading. He'd read words here and there and I never thought anything of it. It wasn't until his speech therapist brought it to my attention that he might have hyperlexia. For those who may not know hyperlexia is when a child starts reading early and surprisingly beyond their expected ability. This is associated with autism but not every child who is diagnosed with hyperlexia has autism. I thought to myself, how can a child who has little to no language be able to read? It really amazed me.

Although Isaiah is able to read, unfortunately he has an issue with comprehending what he reads. One thing that Isaiah loves is the iPad (which child doesn't lol) so I usually use that as an incentive to get him to ask for things in complete sentences. This has worked for me so far. Isaiah is a smart child and I know that he will get it eventually. Isaiah is now in the 1st grade and is the class reader! Can you say proud mama!! If you use any other strategies please leave it in the comment box below. This will help other parents out.

Even though Isaiah can not comprehend what he reads he is able to comprehend other things. If you ask him to do something he understands what is being asked 99% of the time which is great. There was a point in time where it was really difficult for him to do that. Every year we see progress in Isaiah and we are so thankful for that! Early intervention is key. We all know our child, if you feel that something is not right please take them to the doctor. If the doctor is giving you pushback, advocate for your child. You know what is best for them and if you can get them the help they need as early as possible, the better they will be.

Thank you for tuning in this week for It's Squeeze Me Time. See you next week.

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