Friday, June 30, 2017

Camp Bruce

This week Trenton, one of his behavioral techs, and I attended Camp Bruce. 

During the Summer of 2010, a local speech language pathologist (SLP) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) consultant received a phone call from a fellow SLP asking if she would consider providing a trial AAC intervention for a 44 year old man with Autism. He had not spoken for 35 years and had recently been admitted to the hospital. With limited means of communicating to family and no means of communicating with medical personnel, his mother was ready to try an AAC device with him. It was agreed that the SLP would work with Bruce, 2 hours a week for 4 week. By the end of the 4 weeks, Bruce was able to answer basic questions including personal information, request and communicate preferences in therapy. Even more exciting, Bruce was able to order specific foods for lunch from a restaurant. Furthermore, not only could he request to cash his check at the bank, but could ask for a particular teller. This experience was not only a life changing experience for Bruce but also for April Newton as a therapist. She was privileged to have the opportunity to work with Bruce and felt inspired to do something in honor of Bruce, and his aunt, a community member who was very active in individuals with special needs who recently passed away; and the many other families in our community who have children without a consistent means of communicating. And with those thoughts - CAMP BRUCE was initiated.

Trenton worked with his SLP graduate student and his behavioral tech on his new device.

Trenton did a great job using his AAC device. It was the perfect week to introduce his AAC device to him. It is going to be a slow process but I think he is going to be able to use it really well in the future.
I am so proud of him!! Praise God for helping us get this device! Nothing is possible without his love and guidance!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Southern Illinois

We went to southern Illinois for a short day trip on Saturday. We just love our time there in the country.

We love seeing our goats...
Riding the 4 wheelers...

visiting with Grandma Great..
and Grandpa great.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

AAC Device

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is any form of communication that people use if they are unable or unwilling to use standard forms of communication such as speech. Since Trenton was 2 1/2 years old I have spent hundreds of dollars on different AAC forms to help him. I've tried several communication apps, sign language, communication boards,  picture exchange systems, etc. I have invested countless hours besides all the money into finding something to help him. One year ago he was finally referred to get a high tech communication device and to see a specialist. It took almost one year of paperwork, special appointments in Indianapolis, and lots of phone calls and fights, but Trenton was finally approved for his own device and we finally have it in our hands!!
I am so excited for this! It will take a while and definitely won't happen over night but  I pray that this helps him and our family eventually!

So far the first half of 2017 has been fabulous!! All of the sweat, tears, and hard work is paying off.  I am seeing answers to our prayers. I couldn't be more proud of Trenton and the team that the three of us are. We are really starting to see all of our hard work pay off. Nothing happens over night with us but it is all worth it! Our journey with a communication device is just starting. Hopefully, in a year from now our journey with our service dog in our home will be starting. I would have never imagined this all two years ago! All I can say is that God is good!

The first thing he told me on his device tonight was pizza:)
Lamentations 3:25   The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017

My mom is not sneaking anything in her purse.

I have one son who can't speak and one son who makes up for him! Andrew loves to talk and he says it all! No filter!
I took him to the matinee the other day while Trenton was at therapy. He ALWAYS wants candy when he goes to the movies. I told him that we were going to stop at the dollar store and get cheaper candy. We bought our cheaper candy and I put in my purse to hide it so we could walk in because you aren't suppose to bring in anything from outside. As we are walking i...n, Andrew starts yelling, "My mom is not sneaking anything in her purse. There is nothing in her purse okay. There is no candy in her purse. We aren't doing anything wrong, okay."
I couldn't even look the cashier in the eye. This boy just tells everyone absolutely everything!! I didn't even tell him that we weren't suppose to do that either! I'm not sure where this kid comes from on some days.
God bless him.


Thankful for a great neighbor that lets us use his pool!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017


I couldn't leave the other morning until Trenton put all of my passengers in their seat:)