Last Tuesday in speech therapy I pulled my chair up to Ms. Kelly’s desk and feverishly finished up taking notes from the I Love Letters book. “Too bad you don’t get paid for all this work you do,” Ms. Kelly said with an encouraging smile. Yep, I agree.
Actually, according to an article this year in the Washington Post, if a homemaker got paid, their yearly salary would be $96,000. These figures always crack me up because how can you ever put a dollar figure on what both working and non-working mothers do? And, here’s another thing to consider: If the average at-home mom is worth $96K, how much does that make us special needs moms worth? Too bad we don’t get paid for all of the overtime we put in as speech therapists, educators, researchers, and dietitians. Those extra dollars sure would come in handy for some speech therapy sessions.
I have recently gotten an attack plan together for Jake’s speech and educational home activities, which should keep us going for the next month or two. Once preschool starts at the end of August, I will assess our new schedule and revamp the activities/work load.
My goals are as follows:
- Go through Zoo Phonics flash cards and review as many letters that Jake will participate in.
- One counting/number page out of Summer Bridge Activities workbook.
- Letter activity – focusing on one letter per week.
- Speech activity on days that Jake does not have therapy.
I am going to do these things as many days as my schedule allows.
Even after doing all of this, it may sound a little neurotic, but still in the back of my mind I wonder if I’m doing enough. Have I set my goals too high? Too low? Will I be able to follow through? Should I be going to out-of-state apraxia camps for intensive therapy sessions with the best experts?
After all, there are three events catering to children with apraxia in the month of July:
- Kaufman Children’s Center – Intensive therapy sessions & camp
- The George Washington University’s Summer Apraxia Camp in D.C.
- CASANA’s 2012 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech
I know of three people going to each of these events and again, I wonder … am I traveling down the right path?
It may sound like wishful thinking, but I cannot wait until my appointment with the integrative MD on August 1st. I have a strong gut feeling that Lil’ Man has nutritional deficiencies or something that is causing his system to not function correctly. I had a perfect pregnancy, easy delivery, and Jake didn’t go to the doctor once during his first year of life. He has excellent motor skills and no other problems besides the apraxia, food allergies, and eczema.
For the time being, I know that I have to silence that voice of doubt. I have to make the most of the resources that I currently have available and not second-guess the decisions I have made and continue to make. I am going to keep praying every day for God to guide me on this journey. I will have faith that the path He lays out for me is the one that Jake and I are meant to take.