Kat Reading

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Yikes! (and then some great news)

So, you are now well informed about our FM issues, but as soon as we got home from the audi, there was more trouble. We walked in the door, after a smooth two hour drive home, and turned on the lights, and headed downstairs to the family room. I flipped on the TV and sat down on the couch and Miss Kat started looking around. She told me "It's loud." I asked her what was loud. "It's loud! It's loud!!". I asked her if it was the tv, or me talking, and she started getting more and more upset. Finally, she stands at the foot of the steps and yells (to no one) "SHUT UP!!!".

At this point, I am horrified. I have no idea what is going on. I took her CI off, and then changed it back to the old program (no t-coil), and then she was fine. I immediately called our audi and asked him what was going on. He said he didn't know, but that he would call Advanced Bionics and find out what they had to say.....


Miss Kat's t-coil is picking up interference from our compact fluorescent bulbs! Damn you Leonardo Dicaprio an your handsome face on Oprah!! I'm trying to do the right thing here!

So, we are leaving her on one setting at home, and one at school. But now I'm worried that school will forget to change her program and she will end up without an FM again....Ugh.

Now, for the better news (drum roll please!!)

On her latest standardized testing, Miss Kat scored 3 years 7 months!

That is now a gain of over 2 years in around 10 months!!! She is doing amazing!

She is starting to really pick up "incidental learning" from the other kids and her teacher. We were playing BINGO the other day and after she won she said "Switch!" and switched our cards! She also now says "You're welcome" (which doesn't have a sign) and "Good job!" after you do something she asks. These are all words and phrases we didn't sign and nobody taught her!



Bright Family said...

Her progress is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! I love reading about all she has accomplished!

Glad you figured out the t-coil problem. Good to know! Is this common?

JennyB said...

"you're welcome" has a few signs...

JennyB said...

To add to that, I can totally vouch for Miss Kat saying that Tcoil interference is a pain in the butt! Can you get integrated boots for her FM? Or does it have to be through Tcoil? I couldn't deal with the tcoil interference and forked out the money for the integrated receivers.