As a true mama bear, I was both super excited and worried about Ethan's entry into Torrance Unified School District through LAUNCH preschool, which had a very good reputation as a hybrid program for both typically developing PALS and special needs kids.
After a chill time at the Central Coast, which was of course, partly spent just enjoying wine at our favorite tasting room, Moonstone Cellars, we were finally off to the dog ranch, where we planned to go to meet some Dobie pups and parents. We went to West Coast Doberman, a reputable Doberman breeder located in Northern California.
That night, it snowed in Big Bear. It was the first time that I had seen snow in several years. It was Ethan's first experience of snow too! I went out and raised my arms up and ecstatically basked in the snow. Snow in May is definitely a divine experience.
Ethan has been going to physical therapy at Kids in Motion since July 2018 and receiving PT at the Leaps and Bounds program at the Pediatric Therapy Network since September 2018. It was July when he started walking at 21 months. This was one milestone that was definitely emotional for me; I began to get extremely worried when Ethan hadn’t walked yet at 18 months. He progressed so much since starting physical therapy. (He started around the time he took his first steps). The development of his gross motor skills and motor planning definitely skyrocketed! His therapist at Kids in Motion is Thérèse Willis and in Pediatric Therapy Network, Stephanie…
Emily Bobseine, M.A. CCC-SLP or as we simply call her, Emily, is Ethan’s Speech and Language therapist at Kids in Motion, a pediatric therapy clinic in Torrance, CA where he also receives occupational and physical therapy. Emily makes Ethan’s therapy sessions always fun and engaging, and Ethan is always running to her room even when it’s not speech day! Since starting speech at Kids in Motion, along with the Leaps and Bounds program at Pediatric Therapy Network, Ethan has grown leaps and bounds! He has said, “Go!” to complete “Ready, Set, Go!” “I got it!” and started to attempt words present in his favorite nursery rhymes. He has also been…
Poetry break! A poem inspired by my son's Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.
A poetry break! A poem on Autism inspired by the many times I watched and learned as Ethan was in therapy.