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Saturday, November 12, 2011
Nolan started his "Tot Tennis" class this morning. He was so excited to start the program that he was literally dancing as he waited for class to start. He's definitely the smallest kid in the class, but he is having a blast. The program is really perfect for the smallest kids: they learn some skills and do a lot of running and play various ball-throwing games.
I went to his parent-teacher conference at the elementary school yesterday, and he is doing really great in class. Academically, he's doing very, very well. Motor-skill wise, he is lagging a bit. We're continuing to monitor and he may need OT at some point. On the other hand, a lot of the coordination and fine motor skills could simply be developmental (there's a pretty big range of normal at the age of four). We'll see how he progresses as the year goes on!
Nolan's hearing is definitely not quite up to par. He is asking "what?" fairly frequently and is still missing a few Ling sounds during listening checks. His right ear seems to be particularly troublesome - he was holding a large jingle bell to his ear and was shaking it, and started crying because his bell was broken.
Unfortunately, the bell is perfectly fine... his right ear, not so much. He has a CT scan on Wednesday for his sinuses (suspected damage caused by acid reflux), and then we will schedule a follow-up with the ENT. I'll ask her to take a look at his tubes and his ears at that appointment, just to be sure there isn't some sort of infection brewing. I know his left ear has a clogged tube, so we may end up back in the OR before Christmas to replace those tubes.
We also have a sleep center appointment next week, so we'll be fairly busy with trips to Buffalo. Before the crazy week of travel and appointments starts, we are enjoying the snow (yes, snow) and a quiet weekend at home.