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  • zerenac
    I am Zerena a 35 yr old SAHM and live in Lake Cowichan , on Vancouver Island in BC, Canada . I am married (wow 11 yrs now to my biggest kid Brock (34),
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 3, 2005
      I am Zerena a 35 yr old SAHM and live in Lake Cowichan , on
      Vancouver Island in BC, Canada . I am married (wow 11 yrs now to
      my biggest kid Brock (34), LOL) and have 3 kids, 2 girls (Miranda
      10.4 and Kiara 7.5) and a son (Stewart 9). We have just finished our
      first year of homeschooling and are looking forward to next year.

      My kids love cooking and are slowly starting to cook meals (with and
      without supervision). They also love baking and eating what ever it
      is they made. I love doing these things with the kids but am also
      starting to enjoy saying YOU COOK DINNER tonight. Never thought that
      time would come. LOL

      My youngest, Kiara, has a lot developmental delays and other medical
      problems that are just being investigated because our doctors were
      unwilling to listen to me. She is the biggest reason I am schooling
      my children at home. (Typical schooling has proven to be a very
      traumatic experience for her.) She is a very bright girl (actually
      they all are) but has difficulty expressing herself through words
      (speech delays) and on paper (fine and gross motor delays). My 9yr
      old son is now in Gr 4 and reads at a Gr 1 level but comprehends at
      a Gr 5 level. My oldest girl is a quick study and moves along
      happily at her own pace. The kids are all happy working at home and
      we will continue this for the next few years and see how it goes.
      (Homeschooling is something my husband and I had talked about for
      several years before we made this move for Kiara.) Kiara is a good
      reader but has difficulty reading fluently and out loud and that is
      attribute to her motor planning problems and speech.

      The kids are all very happy homeschooling and when, I jokingly said
      this would be your new school if we move here they said "NO, we want
      to stay at home. That was loudest from the one who was only going to
      homeschool for 1 yr and go back to his old school. So I guess things
      are working for them. We have a lot more freedom in our lives and
      have met a lot of new kids in our local homeschool group. I have
      been able to give the kids the time and attention they need to
      complete tasks. I am enjoying teaching the kids for the most part
      but there are days I wonder why I am doing this. My husband works
      fulltime and has also really enjoyed teaching the kids science and
      woodwork (his profession). For the next year the kids will be in
      grades 3, 4 and 5.

      We are all members of Scouts Canada (it is co-ed in Canada). This
      year both Brock and I are Cub leaders, it will be his first year as
      he was a Beaver leader last year, and my second year, I was a beaver
      leader for the 3 yrs previous. All 3 kids will be Cubs this year as
      our youngest has just swam up from Beavers. My oldest is also a Girl
      Guide (like Girl Scouts).

      I just found this group today as I was looking for ideas and ways to
      stay better organized for the next school year. We are going to
      start our new year in July, as our next year will be very full of
      Dr.'s appointments etc. I do not want the kids to get behind and
      figure if we work it this way and have more flexibility in
      completing their work over the year.

      There have been several specialist appointments for Kiara this last
      couple of months. My 7.5 yr old girl has speech, gross and fine
      motor delays. In December, it was discovered that she has a partial
      clef pallet and that is in the process of being corrected. She is
      scheduled to have some reconstructive surgery on the roof of her
      mouth and the muscle at the back of her mouth Oct 3, she will also
      be getting her tonsils out Aug 5, as they are very large and in the
      way of the plastic surgeon. We just had a swallowing clinic visit
      and got to watch her "bones" eat on the x-ray machine; we are
      waiting on the official report. At this point they say that she has
      reflux, that her tongue doesn't do what her brain is telling it to
      do (making eating a chore), and that she has sequencing problems (as
      far as I can figure not all the messages that her brain sends to her
      muscles etc are getting there making things slow and more laborious
      for her). Her old speech therapist was praised for having the
      forethought to send her to Queen Alexandra Center for Children's
      Health, for help with her, as that is where she is being helped and
      they actually believe me. She will being seeing the geneticist in
      August. But so far, everyone agrees that there are other
      problems/issues than just being behind and that, she will NOT just
      grow out of them. I am very happy about this because for the last
      4.5 yrs the Drs have been saying she is just clumsy, slow and will
      catch up and hasn't and wont until she receives the help she needs.
      So this set of specialists are pretty dedicated to helping us find
      out what they are and we will continue going to different "clinics"
      at the children's center until they are able to come up with some
      ideas to help her more fully. Each of the clinics have their own
      specialists like speech pathologists, dietitians, plastic surgeons,
      dentists, pediatricians, ENT's and more depending on the specific
      clinic needs.

      We saw the School district Occupational Therapist May 12th (we are
      homeschooling but are registered through the school district so that
      we can access their therapists, other wise we would be paying $70/hr
      for Speech etc, and that is money we DON'T have). The OT saw right
      off that Kiara has cleft pallet, she said that she doesn't cross
      midline (the imaginary line between right/left side of your body)
      and that there are other things going on that need addressing. I
      have just received this report and for most of her fine and gross
      motor skills are equivalent to those of 4 yr olds, with some of her
      skills at 6yrs, these delays are possibly attributed to motor
      planning problems. There will be more investigation as to her
      problems and ways to help her. The OT is recommending that we see a
      pediatric neurologist. This latest thing is not a surprise to me as
      I have suspected that for more than 4 years and said that, but who
      am I to know these things? We see yet another pediatrician next week
      (this one with the swallowing clinic) and the receptionist was
      surprised that we are only NOW getting help with her at 7.5 when
      most kids get it from birth (the problems with having a partial
      cleft, and a very adaptable and persistent child). It also helps
      that no one ever listened to me years ago. So as of now Kiara has 3
      different pediatricians, 3 speech therapists, and a whole slew of
      other Drs and specialists. I am so hoping now that there are people
      believing me and seeing what I see that things will happen quickly
      and they get her into as much testing and evaluations as possible to
      get to the bottom of her problems. She is such a great kid and is
      enjoying all the attention. But it would be nice to make her life
      easier.

      Zerena
    • pebsflower
      --HI. Welcome to our group. It must be difficult to handle for you. It will get easier I am sure though. I know how it is to have folks not to listen to you.
      Message 2 of 3 , Jul 4, 2005
        --HI. Welcome to our group. It must be difficult to handle for you.
        It will get easier I am sure though. I know how it is to have folks
        not to listen to you. Everyone seems to think they are the experts
        and we as parents know nothing.I ahve been there, but not to the
        extent you have.

        Good luck and happy 4th,

        Pebs

        - In homeschoolcooking@yahoogroups.com, "zerenac" <zerenac@s...> wr

        ote:
        > I am Zerena a 35 yr old SAHM and live in Lake Cowichan , on
        > Vancouver Island in BC, Canada . I am married (wow 11 yrs now to
        > my biggest kid Brock (34), LOL) and have 3 kids, 2 girls (Miranda
        > 10.4 and Kiara 7.5) and a son (Stewart 9). We have just finished
        our
        > first year of homeschooling and are looking forward to next year.
        >
        > My kids love cooking and are slowly starting to cook meals (with
        and
        > without supervision). They also love baking and eating what ever
        it
        > is they made. I love doing these things with the kids but am also
        > starting to enjoy saying YOU COOK DINNER tonight. Never thought
        that
        > time would come. LOL
        >
        > My youngest, Kiara, has a lot developmental delays and other
        medical
        > problems that are just being investigated because our doctors were
        > unwilling to listen to me. She is the biggest reason I am
        schooling
        > my children at home. (Typical schooling has proven to be a very
        > traumatic experience for her.) She is a very bright girl (actually
        > they all are) but has difficulty expressing herself through words
        > (speech delays) and on paper (fine and gross motor delays). My 9yr
        > old son is now in Gr 4 and reads at a Gr 1 level but comprehends
        at
        > a Gr 5 level. My oldest girl is a quick study and moves along
        > happily at her own pace. The kids are all happy working at home
        and
        > we will continue this for the next few years and see how it goes.
        > (Homeschooling is something my husband and I had talked about for
        > several years before we made this move for Kiara.) Kiara is a good
        > reader but has difficulty reading fluently and out loud and that
        is
        > attribute to her motor planning problems and speech.
        >
        > The kids are all very happy homeschooling and when, I jokingly
        said
        > this would be your new school if we move here they said "NO, we
        want
        > to stay at home. That was loudest from the one who was only going
        to
        > homeschool for 1 yr and go back to his old school. So I guess
        things
        > are working for them. We have a lot more freedom in our lives and
        > have met a lot of new kids in our local homeschool group. I have
        > been able to give the kids the time and attention they need to
        > complete tasks. I am enjoying teaching the kids for the most part
        > but there are days I wonder why I am doing this. My husband works
        > fulltime and has also really enjoyed teaching the kids science and
        > woodwork (his profession). For the next year the kids will be in
        > grades 3, 4 and 5.
        >
        > We are all members of Scouts Canada (it is co-ed in Canada). This
        > year both Brock and I are Cub leaders, it will be his first year
        as
        > he was a Beaver leader last year, and my second year, I was a
        beaver
        > leader for the 3 yrs previous. All 3 kids will be Cubs this year
        as
        > our youngest has just swam up from Beavers. My oldest is also a
        Girl
        > Guide (like Girl Scouts).
        >
        > I just found this group today as I was looking for ideas and ways
        to
        > stay better organized for the next school year. We are going to
        > start our new year in July, as our next year will be very full of
        > Dr.'s appointments etc. I do not want the kids to get behind and
        > figure if we work it this way and have more flexibility in
        > completing their work over the year.
        >
        > There have been several specialist appointments for Kiara this
        last
        > couple of months. My 7.5 yr old girl has speech, gross and fine
        > motor delays. In December, it was discovered that she has a
        partial
        > clef pallet and that is in the process of being corrected. She is
        > scheduled to have some reconstructive surgery on the roof of her
        > mouth and the muscle at the back of her mouth Oct 3, she will also
        > be getting her tonsils out Aug 5, as they are very large and in
        the
        > way of the plastic surgeon. We just had a swallowing clinic visit
        > and got to watch her "bones" eat on the x-ray machine; we are
        > waiting on the official report. At this point they say that she
        has
        > reflux, that her tongue doesn't do what her brain is telling it to
        > do (making eating a chore), and that she has sequencing problems
        (as
        > far as I can figure not all the messages that her brain sends to
        her
        > muscles etc are getting there making things slow and more
        laborious
        > for her). Her old speech therapist was praised for having the
        > forethought to send her to Queen Alexandra Center for Children's
        > Health, for help with her, as that is where she is being helped
        and
        > they actually believe me. She will being seeing the geneticist in
        > August. But so far, everyone agrees that there are other
        > problems/issues than just being behind and that, she will NOT just
        > grow out of them. I am very happy about this because for the last
        > 4.5 yrs the Drs have been saying she is just clumsy, slow and will
        > catch up and hasn't and wont until she receives the help she
        needs.
        > So this set of specialists are pretty dedicated to helping us find
        > out what they are and we will continue going to
        different "clinics"
        > at the children's center until they are able to come up with some
        > ideas to help her more fully. Each of the clinics have their own
        > specialists like speech pathologists, dietitians, plastic
        surgeons,
        > dentists, pediatricians, ENT's and more depending on the specific
        > clinic needs.
        >
        > We saw the School district Occupational Therapist May 12th (we are
        > homeschooling but are registered through the school district so
        that
        > we can access their therapists, other wise we would be paying
        $70/hr
        > for Speech etc, and that is money we DON'T have). The OT saw right
        > off that Kiara has cleft pallet, she said that she doesn't cross
        > midline (the imaginary line between right/left side of your body)
        > and that there are other things going on that need addressing. I
        > have just received this report and for most of her fine and gross
        > motor skills are equivalent to those of 4 yr olds, with some of
        her
        > skills at 6yrs, these delays are possibly attributed to motor
        > planning problems. There will be more investigation as to her
        > problems and ways to help her. The OT is recommending that we see
        a
        > pediatric neurologist. This latest thing is not a surprise to me
        as
        > I have suspected that for more than 4 years and said that, but who
        > am I to know these things? We see yet another pediatrician next
        week
        > (this one with the swallowing clinic) and the receptionist was
        > surprised that we are only NOW getting help with her at 7.5 when
        > most kids get it from birth (the problems with having a partial
        > cleft, and a very adaptable and persistent child). It also helps
        > that no one ever listened to me years ago. So as of now Kiara has
        3
        > different pediatricians, 3 speech therapists, and a whole slew of
        > other Drs and specialists. I am so hoping now that there are
        people
        > believing me and seeing what I see that things will happen quickly
        > and they get her into as much testing and evaluations as possible
        to
        > get to the bottom of her problems. She is such a great kid and is
        > enjoying all the attention. But it would be nice to make her life
        > easier.
        >
        > Zerena
      • Zerena
        Hi Pebs, Thank you for the welcome. It is nice to know we weren t the only ones because for a while there we thought we were and that we were seeing something
        Message 3 of 3 , Jul 5, 2005

          Hi Pebs,

           

          Thank you for the welcome. It is nice to know we weren’t the only ones because for a while there we thought we were and that we were seeing something that wasn’t there.

           

          Zerena

           


          From: homeschoolcooking@yahoogroups.com [mailto:homeschoolcooking@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of pebsflower
          Sent: July 4, 2005 5:28 PM
          To: homeschoolcooking@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: [homeschoolcooking] Re: HI, I'm new here

           

          --HI. Welcome to our group. It must be difficult to handle for you.
          It will get easier I am sure though. I know how it is to have folks
          not to listen to you. Everyone seems to think they are the experts
          and we as parents know nothing.I ahve been there, but not to the
          extent you have.

          Good luck and happy 4th,

          Pebs

          - In homeschoolcooking@yahoogroups.com, "zerenac" <zerenac@s...> wr

          ote:
          > I am  Zerena a 35 yr old SAHM and live in  Lake Cowichan , on
          > Vancouver Island in BC,  Canada   . I am married (wow 11 yrs now to
          > my biggest kid Brock (34), LOL) and have 3 kids, 2 girls (Miranda
          > 10.4 and Kiara 7.5) and a son (Stewart 9). We have just finished
          our
          > first year of homeschooling and are looking forward to next year.
          >
          > My kids love cooking and are slowly starting to cook meals (with
          and
          > without supervision). They also love baking and eating what ever
          it
          > is they made. I love doing these things with the kids but am also
          > starting to enjoy saying YOU COOK DINNER tonight. Never thought
          that
          > time would come. LOL
          >
          > My youngest, Kiara, has a lot developmental delays and other
          medical
          > problems that are just being investigated because our doctors were
          > unwilling to listen to me. She is the biggest reason I am
          schooling
          > my children at home. (Typical schooling has proven to be a very
          > traumatic experience for her.) She is a very bright girl (actually
          > they all are) but has difficulty expressing herself through words
          > (speech delays) and on paper (fine and gross motor delays). My 9yr
          > old son is now in Gr 4 and reads at a Gr 1 level but comprehends
          at
          > a Gr 5 level. My oldest girl is a quick study and moves along
          > happily at her own pace. The kids are all happy working at home
          and
          > we will continue this for the next few years and see how it goes.
          > (Homeschooling is something my husband and I had talked about for
          > several years before we made this move for Kiara.) Kiara is a good
          > reader but has difficulty reading fluently and out loud and that
          is
          > attribute to her motor planning problems and speech.
          >
          > The kids are all very happy homeschooling and when, I jokingly
          said
          > this would be your new school if we move here they said "NO, we
          want
          > to stay at home. That was loudest from the one who was only going
          to
          > homeschool for 1 yr and go back to his old school. So I guess
          things
          > are working for them. We have a lot more freedom in our lives and
          > have met a lot of new kids in our local homeschool group. I have
          > been able to give the kids the time and attention they need to
          > complete tasks. I am enjoying teaching the kids for the most part
          > but there are days I wonder why I am doing this. My husband works
          > fulltime and has also really enjoyed teaching the kids science and
          > woodwork (his profession). For the next year the kids will be in
          > grades 3, 4 and 5.
          >
          > We are all members of Scouts Canada (it is co-ed in Canada ). This
          > year both Brock and I are Cub leaders, it will be his first year
          as
          > he was a Beaver leader last year, and my second year, I was a
          beaver
          > leader for the 3 yrs previous. All 3 kids will be Cubs this year
          as
          > our youngest has just swam up from Beavers. My oldest is also a
          Girl
          > Guide (like Girl Scouts).
          >
          > I just found this group today as I was looking for ideas and ways
          to
          > stay better organized for the next school year. We are going to
          > start our new year in July, as our next year will be very full of
          > Dr.'s appointments etc. I do not want the kids to get behind and
          > figure if we work it this way and have more flexibility in
          > completing their work over the year.     
          >
          > There have been several specialist appointments for Kiara this
          last
          > couple of months. My 7.5 yr old girl has speech, gross and fine
          > motor delays. In December, it was discovered that she has a
          partial
          > clef pallet and that is in the process of being corrected. She is
          > scheduled to have some reconstructive surgery on the roof of her
          > mouth and the muscle at the back of her mouth Oct 3, she will also
          > be getting her tonsils out Aug 5, as they are very large and in
          the
          > way of the plastic surgeon. We just had a swallowing clinic visit
          > and got to watch her "bones" eat on the x-ray machine; we are
          > waiting on the official report. At this point they say that she
          has
          > reflux, that her tongue doesn't do what her brain is telling it to
          > do (making eating a chore), and that she has sequencing problems
          (as
          > far as I can figure not all the messages that her brain sends to
          her
          > muscles etc are getting there making things slow and more
          laborious
          > for her). Her old speech therapist was praised for having the
          > forethought to send her to   Queen Alexandra Center for Children's
          > Health, for help with her, as that is where she is being helped
          and
          > they actually believe me. She will being seeing the geneticist in
          > August. But so far, everyone agrees that there are other
          > problems/issues than just being behind and that, she will NOT just
          > grow out of them. I am very happy about this because for the last
          > 4.5 yrs the Drs have been saying she is just clumsy, slow and will
          > catch up and hasn't and wont until she receives the help she
          needs.
          > So this set of specialists are pretty dedicated to helping us find
          > out what they are and we will continue going to
          different "clinics"
          > at the children's center until they are able to come up with some
          > ideas to help her more fully. Each of the clinics have their own
          > specialists like speech pathologists, dietitians, plastic
          surgeons,
          > dentists, pediatricians, ENT's and more depending on the specific
          > clinic needs.     
          >
          > We saw the School district Occupational Therapist May 12th (we are
          > homeschooling but are registered through the school district so
          that
          > we can access their therapists, other wise we would be paying
          $70/hr
          > for Speech etc, and that is money we DON'T have). The OT saw right
          > off that Kiara has cleft pallet, she said that she doesn't cross
          > midline (the imaginary line between right/left side of your body)
          > and that there are other things going on that need addressing. I
          > have just received this report and for most of her fine and gross
          > motor skills are equivalent to those of 4 yr olds, with some of
          her
          > skills at 6yrs, these delays are possibly attributed to motor
          > planning problems. There will be more investigation as to her
          > problems and ways to help her. The OT is recommending that we see
          a
          > pediatric neurologist. This latest thing is not a surprise to me
          as
          > I have suspected that for more than 4 years and said that, but who
          > am I to know these things? We see yet another pediatrician next
          week
          > (this one with the swallowing clinic) and the receptionist was
          > surprised that we are only NOW getting help with her at 7.5 when
          > most kids get it from birth (the problems with having a partial
          > cleft, and a very adaptable and persistent child). It also helps
          > that no one ever listened to me years ago. So as of now Kiara has
          3
          > different pediatricians, 3 speech therapists, and a whole slew of
          > other Drs and specialists. I am so hoping now that there are
          people
          > believing me and seeing what I see that things will happen quickly
          > and they get her into as much testing and evaluations as possible
          to
          > get to the bottom of her problems. She is such a great kid and is
          > enjoying all the attention. But it would be nice to make her life
          > easier.    
          >
          >  Zerena



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