Monday, October 29, 2007

Food Therapy, Session 1

Avery started having private speech/food therapy at our home tonight. Our insurance will not cover anything having to do with her food-allergy-asthma-speech issues, so we are having someone come into our home instead. Our therapist is named Lucy, and so far, so good...

Tonight Lucy wanted to come over and watch Avery eat. Avery pulled out all the tricks she does at meal time, so Lucy sure got to see my little non-eater.

So, our assignment for our next session: Cut up Avery's food in different shapes and sizes. I think I can live with that...

We'll just see how this goes now...

14 comments:

Andrea said...

What are Avery's speech issues? Are they related to her food allergies?

LeslieW. said...

Hmmm. That's interesting, she is super picky? Is that her food issue....aside from allergy. This should be interesting. I can't wait to see how it works!

Jennisa said...

Avery has "food anxiety" as Lucy calls it. She is deathly afraid to try new foods, so this is why she has only eaten a handful of things for years. She doesn't have speech issues, but food therapy is done through a speech therapist!

Jennifer said...

Oh, okay, I was going to ask what her speech issues were, but I guess you answered that. I had to have speech therapy when I was younger...but I've never been afraid of food (sometimes it would be nice if I were!). I hope so much that this goes well for her. How absolutely wonderful that you are getting help for her!!

Kati said...

I can't wait to hear how things go! The methods of "Food Therapy", really intrigue me! Go Avery Go!!!

Kimberly said...

Well, I hope things go well for her, as I'm sure she will do just fine.

Ashley said...

My nephew went through the same thing. He had so many food allergies that he was afraid to try anything new because he was scared they would make him sick.

I hate seeing him like this because he's so afraid of everything, even pets because he just doesn't know what's going to make him have an allergy attack.

I hope Avery starts trying new stuff! You go Avery!

Claire said...

My son (age 3) starts speech therapy for a speech delay on October 6. It is actually free through our Early childhood/Special education department in our public school system (where I live it is just as good as private school).

Please look into your local early childhood or special education departments... you should not have to pay for therapy (speech or food)your state should pay for it regardless of if you have insurance or not.... I have AWESOME private health insurance that would pay for private therapy, but felt that having him in an environment with other similar children is more beneficial to his speech development than private therapy (his class is only for speech delayed children)... the state is picking up the tab on this one because it is through the public school system (even if I wanted my insurance to pay for it, it's covered through the state).
He will be going 1/2 days 5 days a week with one on one time with the speech therapist twice weekly. And the class is taught by a early childhood development/special education teacher.

The thing with a speech delay is that it is a disorder that can be outgrown and your child will not always have a label on them. His therapist told me that by the end of the year it is very realistic that he will be completely caught up.

Your state should offer some type of program to suite her needs (with both food and speech). Getting her into a daily program now where she can get the help she needs could prevent her from being taken out of her class in kindergarten for specilized therapy (which can be very humiliating for a child).

As a mom next week Tuesday will be very difficult for me having my 3 year old go to school (I have had many tears about the whole thing).. I know that in the long run he will be less frustrated about not being able to express himself with words and will be on track with the rest of his class when he goes to Kindergarten. It is still really hard though.

HomeSchool Mommy said...

My daughter...nor daycare kids...are picky, but they will leave a large portion of certain foods uneaten. When I started using cookie cutters to shape all the foods, not one thing is left on their plates.

I have one who won't eat green beans, so I make a house or a face or something using the green beans and other foods that she likes and she eats them all.

Funny. Hopefully it works well for you guys.

I'm SO interested in what all she has to say...I hope you'll keep posting her recommendations!

Dena said...

Wow - I wish I had that! I am sure Lucy will have some great ideas and Avery will be eating all kinds of good things - when you say anxiety - are ya trying to feed her healthy stuff???

Jennisa said...

Claire,
Thank you for your comment. My mom has also told me that our schools should be offering something for her. After I read your comment, I went and called our Special Education dept. and we have a screening set up for Avery on November 8th. Our Lucy looked into the school district for us, but was turned down when they said that they couldn't see Avery because her food related issues 'didn't affect her ability to learn'... We'll just see what happens I guess!

Claire said...

My son was originally screened a YEAR ago (at age 2)... they wanted him to wait to start therapy until he was 3 (I wasn't too happy about that)... I have been working with him at home for the last year he went from only being able to do one word at a time to being able to talk in small sentences that do not include verbs (his issue has to do with not comprehending verbs, how to properly include them in sentences as well as a few pronunciation issues). He was just re-screened on the 19th of this month, and was accepted into the program... the "mommy" in me has been telling me there is something wrong for over 1.5 years now... when you go to the screening get the papers that tell you your rights as a parent.

I think they should be providing her speech as well as food therapy. Even a mild speech issue should qualify her for some type of therapy through your school system. I would be sure to bring up her anxiety over eating food at the screening.

Good luck at your screening on the 8th... I will keep you in my prayers that everything goes smoothly and you are able to get her all of her therapies through the school (for free).

Remember a label is just a label, it does not define your child,
Claire

LeslieW. said...

I think I am still getting the background. I still see it and so does Dena. If it still works, I LOVE my page still. Thanks for the offer...maybe when I catch a decent picture of the two of them!

The Birds Nest said...

Best of luck to Avery!!

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