Friday, February 23, 2007

AIAHP Re-assessment...

Well, we are home from Ponca City. We had a nice visit with the Morris family, with Chad & Tim, and also met the family from India.
Deepa and Sumatra brought their autistic son Rik to be reassessed by AIAHP also. They were very nice people and it was interesting to learn a little about their culture.
We got four hbot dives in while there, Matt learned to run the chamber so it was pretty convenient. I am hoping he will zip down with me more often to help out with the chamber.
Okay, on with the assessment. I am looking at the progress report we were given...
Under staff's opinion it reads: With 5 profile changes and 18 functional changes, it is our opinion that Izzy has made "very good" progress. A functional change is progress but doesn't move you up on the actual scale. A profile change is a move up the ladder on the sheet with what levels Izzy is at. There may be many functional changes before getting a profile change.
A few highlights of the assessment was when put on the floor to simulate a slide (to be done as assisted crawling after cross patterning) Izzy pushed off Chad's thumb with her leg each time. She also pulled with her arm. Chad was skeptical, thinking maybe she was using tone, until Izzy cried and stopped pushing. When we told her to push again, she did. I think she really surprised both Chad and Tim on that one. Later before we left, Chad was looking at our CVS cards. He said, "do you think Izzy knows the pictures?" We think so. So he showed her two and then held both up saying "Izzy, look at the plant (or elephant, or dice, or ...)." She did five of six times. The time she didn't she just looked irritated with their little game. She looked directly and instantly at the one called out and even appeared to almost point at it. They were really excited. Me & Matt were tired and ready to go home, I think the thought we should have shown more excitement (I was excited on the inside).
We were given a new programme to do. It will take a little bit of time to get things needed to do this new programme. Also we are going to have to somehow recruit new and more volunteers as the cross patterning takes three people & they would like it to be done many times a day. I think if you asked how I felt about it, I would say positive but a bit overwhelmed. I think it is awesome that she has even shown Chad and Tim her tenacity. She is definitely a fighter and they both said that is something about her that makes her such a good candidate for recovery. They said they loved that she is a little fighter.
We know that God is Isabelle's healer. We believe that God is healing Isabelle. We are simply preparing the field. We are ready for a big crop!!!!
Thanks for the prayers & love. If you happen to live close and want to devote 30-60 minutes a week to help exercise Izzy (very simple, no experience or talent in this area needed) please contact us!
Love you all.


annb said...

Praise God! It's great to have confirmation of Izzy's progress even though you knew it already. God is good and will continue to see Izzy through to her recovery. "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16

Sarah B said...

Awesome! I'm glad you are all home safe and that you got good news! We will continue to pray for you all! God Is Good!

Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! I'm so glad you had a good trip and that she is making such wonderful progess! I sure wish I lived closer, I would be glad to come help!! I'll continue to keep y'all in my prayers! Way to go, Izzy!

Carmichael Family said...

Wow, praise God for all of Izzy's improvements and progress! Way to go Izzy! Praying for even more progress and good results from her treatments!

Luke's Mom said...

What an awesome report! I'm so happy to hear that Izzy is doing so wonderful. You seem to be totally wiped out. Is there any way you and Matt can take a weekend off together, it sounds like you both could use a bit of a break?

My scripture this past week that I've been meditating on is John 20:29, Blessed are they that do not see, but still believe. I guess we are truly blessed because we can't yet see our children playing, talking and walking, but we know with the assurance that only God can give, it will happen in His timing.

Do you have the devotional book, Streams in the Desert? If not I would love to send you a copy, this book has been a wonderful encouragement to me the past few years. Just let me know.

Love in Christ,