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Summer 2013

I’ve been meaning to write for the longest time, but busy with one thing or another, so now I have to back track… school started last week and I wanna write up about that as well, but first let me sum up our summer and then write up about school and therapy and anything else.

Summer was kinda busy, at the beginning of the summer he had his piano recital, horse show, and 2 summer camps. I’ve already written about all those except his second camp, the YMCA summer day camp.

We did 1 month of Y camp and 2 weeks of swimming, and he had a lot of fun, he doesn’t say much about his day but he was happy to go every morning and was happy when I picked him up, it was from 8:45 to 4 every week day and it helped him sleep easily at night. He started the day with swim lessons which I think have helped him be more confident in the water and a better swimmer. There was arts and crafts, sports, nature and because of a lot of bad rainy days there were also indoor activities and movies. Hoping to do it again next year but maybe add an extra session or 2 to fill up his summer, he gets bored and restless during the long days. One day in the car after camp he asked me if he could be a camp counselor when he grew up so I take it that he had fun even if he didn’t tell me about his days and why he was having fun. He got really tan and also got several bug bites that he scratched at incessantly, the was the downside, and I couldn’t spray him something before he went in the morning because he started the day with swimming and it would have been washed off.

After 4 weeks of camp we did 2 weeks of swimming. It was 4 times a week every morning so he got the most benefit, also the instructor he had was better than the previous one. He was the oldest and most advanced in his class, I could see the improvement in his confidence and swimming abilities, he kept his head under water longer, and was able to swim a little on his front and on float on his back. At the end of the 2 week session the instructor filled out the report in detail and not just quickly marking off the form. She suggested he repeat Pike 2 because he was unable to swim the required distance but other than that he was ready for the next class. Not sure yet when we should restart classes or move on to something else.

Summer Camps 2013

Its that time of year again. School has less than 2 months and then a 3 month long summer break before Bilal starts Kindergarten in August. As we’re transitioning all his classes to a typical setting we considered the YMCA summer camp. It’s sports, outdoors, nature walks and they provide swimming  also a great bonus is that its close and from 9-4 everyday, its a tad more expensive than we’d like but that’s the average price around here. They offer sessions all through the summer from the very first week till the week right before school starts and you can pick and choose which sessions to do. So we’ve got him booked for mid-June till mid-July for now. Last year he went to Camp Moementum for the month of June and he loved it, I thought about it but dismissed it because we want a more typical environment. So a couple of weeks ago there was a summer camp expo for children with special needs, the only reason I went was to say hi to his swim instructors and thank them again for everything so there we ran into Maureen the camp momentum instructor, she said she hadn’t heard from me and why haven’t I replied to her email I told her our circumstances and she said that her camp was a mix both special needs and typical children attended and Bilal would fit right in, she gave me the application and we thought it through and decided to do the 2 weeks, it being cheaper and something Bilal knows and remembers. More sports, hikes, splash pads, arts and crafts and the like.  It could also be a bit of practice before he does the YMCA camp. He’ll still have his therapies, music lessons and recital, horse back riding lessons, and a boy scout camp with his dad for a weekend. We might also look into Arabic or Quran lessons, so it will be busy and hopefully no boredom or regressions. Even though I’m not looking forward to the heat of the summer cant wait for the fun of it all.

Physical Therapy – Year 2

Last week was Bilal’s second annual physical therapy re-evaluation. I was looking forward to the re-evaluation and all of the re-evaluations for this year, his therapists are all saying what a good job he’s doing and how much progress he’s achieved and maybe looking at discharging him and so on. She said he did really well and has met all his goals except 2, those dealing with upper body strength and throwing/catching a ball. He’s achieved those goals relating to core strength, balance and coordination. He will no longer require hippo-therapy and will move all therapy to the gym, which I’ve always felt to be more beneficial to Bilal, on the horse I just feel he’s sitting there, yes I know he’s working his core and balance and all that but mainly he’s just sitting there, in the gym he’ll do a lot of target throwing and catching, and monkey bars and things to strengthen his upper body muscles. Because we’ve left the barn and moved to the gym we’re unable to find consistent weekly slots and finding available ones as they pop up or when someone cancels, so she sent us a home program where Bilal should try crawling in different ways, do the wheelbarrow, crab walk and etc, and boy do they really use your upper arms, as out of shape as I am those stung but he had a lot of fun and its good to do them with his younger brother as well.

 

Also this week I’ve joined the local YMCA, its mainly for me and getting fit and losing weight, but they offer so many things for the boys, rock wall climbing, swimming, gymnastics, karate, soccer, t-ball, flag football, basketball, volley ball, and little things as family movie night, parents day out, parents night out and all at really affordable prices. Looking forward to starting all that, have a wellness coach appointment on Tuesday and the fitness will begin for all of us God willing.

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