So, we got a really cool note from Miss Kat's school on Friday. All the students in her school are going to be receiving FREE BIKES from a local charity! How awesome is that?! We will attend a special ceremony where they give each kiddo a bike, picked out just for them (based on gender, age, and height). Isn't that just really cool?!
This isn't the first time her school has had special perks either. She got the chance to meet some of the Harlem Globetrotters as well as special field trips and even free books for Miss Kat (and all the students, of course) during their literacy fair. Pretty cool!
Also, the other day we were walking out to the car and Miss Kat turned and looked at me, she said "Hey, I hear crickets." WOW! She not only heard them, she knew what the sound was, and what animal was making it. Not too shabby.
We have a meeting next week with the audiologists, just to get a plan together for her MAPping. They attended a big cochlear implant conference over the summer and they want to make sure we have Miss Kat in the best possible MAPs. (And, actually, we have been having some trouble with her right side processor. We sent it in last week, and the new one came, but when we put it on this morning, it wouldn't connect. We tried switching out the headpiece, but that wasn't the problem. I guess we'll send it in again. Luckily she has a back up for both sides, so no "off air" time).
Also, within the next month or so we will have her next IEP meeting, since she met ALL the goals on her IEP from February. We need to write all new goals. Not just language and auditory skills, but all her academic areas as well. She did her state testing (same as hearing kids) and we got the results back just before school ended. We were very happy with the results. She moved up to the next "level" (her school is ungraded but the kids are grouped according to ability).
And finally, we are spending Labor Day at the amusement park!!! We are taking Miss Kat and one of her friends from school (well, technically she already graduated, so she is mainstreamed, but a former schoolmate) and are headed out to have some fun! Miss Kat is so excited!