K.L.s Wondering Mind

Location: Des Moines, Washington, United States

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

School's Out

The boy has graduated, and the girl's last day is tomorrow. Her desk has been cleared out, and for all intents and purposes, everything is done. Her summer schedule is full. A week at Birch Bay with the grandparents, a week at church camp and a week in Oregon at the deaf camp, and we won't bother to be putting the suitcase away in between. The boy is now working on finding a job and planning for college in the fall. I don't think we will see much of him this summer.

Rachel's speech therapist has noted that her description of her new implant is changing. Not so much chimes and bells now, but still not sounding like normal speech. However, her brain is beginning to lower the pitch so things are not so high pitched sounding. We have noticed that she hardly ever needs us to repeat anything anymore. Her distance hearing has really gotten better also, as well as localization of sound. All the things we were hoping to see with the added bilateral implant. She goes in for her 6 month evaluation with her audiologist next month. We will have a much better idea of her progress then. But I don't need an evaluation to know that this was the right decision, and she is really benefitting from it.