After spending a little time with "Webster," I finally came up with a name for the Friday question set. Why "falderal?" Because: 1) I like the way it sounds and 2) It was a word my friend L used in one of our last conversations before she passed recently. I don’t believe my questions to be falderal all the time but some may think so.
Hearts asked for an update on Isabella so I will fill you in. For those who haven’t been around all that long, Bells is believed to have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). The definition I have highlighted is pretty good. A lot of children with autism have SPD but Isabella doesn’t have autism. Bells’ manifests in "sensory seeking" and, sometimes, "sensory avoiding." She is not at the extreme end of either though she is hyperactive.
SPD is like ADHD in that you never outgrow it; you learn to adjust your behavior and live with it. It has nothing to do with intelligence but is a neurological disorder.
Our little girl is still unable to hold a conversation although she can play act whole scenes from her tv shows saying some words correctly and making some up as she goes along! She can get her point across to us by using one or two words such has "milk" (nilk is how she says it) or "horsey" when she wants to go on the bouncing horse. She is quite affectionate and has good eye contact.
Through the state’s early intervention program, Bells has been working with an occupational therapist (OT)and an developmental interventionist. She has come so far because of this! As Bells turns three next month, she will have to start working with the local school system. We are in the process of transitioning in that direction and it is scary to me. For the last year, her therapists have been coming here for the most part and I have been able to learn sos much from them. Hopefully, we will be able to develop good working relationships with her new team. I have a great relationship with the OT and the DI and will miss them very much.
The Girl gets very overwhelmed with Bells’ behavior sometimes and I get discouraged occasionally. We want so badly to be able to have a conversation with our girl but she isn’t there yet. God is good and, no matter what, we have a wonderful, much loved child.
That’s enough of that. Let’s have some falderal:
Are you allergic to any foods? No. Not so far at least. My mom developed a coconut allergy within, I believe, the last ten years. Also, peanuts have been making me feel strange lately.
There is a plane waiting just for you. Where is it going? In an ideal world where I have no fear of flying, I think it would be back to England and on to Ireland and Scotland. So nice there and we speak the same language – sort of!
You are suddenly bilingual. What would be your new language and why? Probably Spanish. There is so much opportunity to use it around here and around a lot of the world. Or maybe Farsi so I could learn to understand the Middle Eastern people better and come alongside them. It’s a toss up.
If you were to have a child in the near future, do you have favorite names? I have always liked the name Jared for a boy. For a girl, hmm…I’m starting to get more traditional and am liking the name Mary.
What are your plans for the weekend? Not quite sure except that I haven’t gotten to apple picking yet. With the cold weather we’ve been having I doubt I will this season. But, hope springs eternal!
My back is almost completely better – hooray! Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes.
Stay safe, g