Somehow I thought I would just put together a quick post summarizing my time at the symposium on Saturday. Not gonna happen. No way…no how. There’s simply too much to process, too much to think through, too much to synthesize in such a short time. And when you add to it the fact that I have felt under the weather the last day or 2 (not sick, just under the weather. Fortunately, today I started feeling much more normal. ), well, it all adds up to ‘later, gator.’
I can say that the time was mostly well spent. Some of the presentations were incredibly helpful, full of useful information and encouragement. Some of the others were too ‘school/classroom focused’ to be of much use to me. But…that’s how it goes. I have a long list of things to research and ideas to attempt to integrate into our day.
I wish I could say that I came away totally convinced that someday (hopefully SOON!) we would begin to get a handle on executive functions. I didn’t. It appears that children who are deaf/hard of hearing struggle with executive function for most of their lives. It is our prayer that as some of the things I learned this weekend are applied in our day, in our home, in our routine, we will begin to see growth. Already tonight Jim and I had a conversation about some behaviors we see that aren’t disruptive but that clearly demonstrate lack of inhibitory control (the ability to inhibit an incorrect behavior and apply a correct one) and how we hope to enlist others in directing the behavior more appropriately We’ll see if we can get others in our world on board. I hope so! We can NOT do this alone. It’s important that he learn these things. After all, who exactly wants to hire someone who isn’t focused, can’t follow through, has no filters on what they say, or isn’t able to initiate a project??
Through it all, I am yet again grateful that God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23). I get to start with a fresh slate, and so does Logan. Starting fresh every day gives me hope that some day we truly will get there. After all, we are all works in progress!
He has made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecc 3:11, emphasis mine)