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My breaking news is not that I have decided to become a bus spotter outside the times when I need to catch one. Then, as public transport users know, they are often as rare as rocking horse droppings. No, my news today is far more significant. In the week Louis had an assessment, the results of which are a big leap ahead in helping him overcome the challenges faced by having Specific Learning Differences. And I'm proud to say that it was a member of my own profession who was instrumental in coming up with the goods!
Rather than being dyspraxic, my lovely son is super bendy because of hyper mobile joints. It accounts for why writing is difficult for him as he has a floppy thumb that doesn't support his pen properly. The assessment demonstrated that when he consciously tries to grip harder his hand hurt within a short period of time. Rosie, the paediatric occupational therapist, explained that all this floppiness also affects his ability to gauge where his body parts are in space so he has to move around to give himself sensory feedback. The result? The fidgety, clumsy and non attentive behaviour that his parents and teachers find so difficult. But these nubby problems can be solved. Generally weight bearing through the joints will help Louis' development so that there will be less issues as he gets older. I'll share what we come up with as we go along. Furthermore his teacher is also being offered a visit by Rosie to his school to help him and his teachers get to grips with what might be helpful in the educational environment. At last this may be the breakthrough that we need where his needs are taken really seriously and I am not just seen as a neurotic middle class parent, as has been insinuated in the past!