B went for his OT evaluation October 29. After that, he started seeing Miss Jem every week. It has been amazing to see how far he has come in just a few weeks. After just 3 sessions, we got this comment from school: “B is like a different kid. He is more settled and relaxed and seems much more comfortable relating to other people. Not sure if you’ve noticed anything, but I have.”
I almost cried. I am SO proud of him and all the work that he has been doing. This first chuck of his OT has really been focused on improving his communication skills. Clearly it’s working.
K and I have tried to be much more aware and understanding of the sensory issues B is dealing with. A major one has to do with getting his hair cut or his toe nails clipped. August 4 was the last time he got his hair cut. I tired to at the end of September before school pictures, but it was a no go. After a half hour of drama, we both left in tears and in need of anxiety meds. It was bad. School pictures still turned out okay.
But the hair kept growing.
We kept asking if he should go to the hair cut store. “Not today … maybe tomorrow” was always the response. Then it happened. Thursday night he announced that “my hair in my eyes. We go to hair cut store.” So we planned that daddy would take him after school on Friday. Friday we broched the subject, and he didn’t freak out. Off they went after school. It had it’s moments, but K said the girl was amazingly patient with him, would give him breaks, and let him re-group. In less than 30 minutes, he had a full hair cut. I won’t lie. When K sent me this picture, I almost burst into tears at my desk. All because my kid was able to get his hair cut.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am that his school suggested we take him to OT. It is clearly helping B be a better him. That’s what it’s all about.