GAMT Specific

20Jan 2021

We are very fortunate in our state to have scholarships for children who qualify for an IEP but don’t attend public schools. This helps with funds for a visiting Intervention Specialist (special ed teacher) as well as home-based therapies. Sonnet’s health crisis has resolved greatly since she was diagnosed and began treatment for GAMT. However, her neurologist and I vividly remember when she was dealing with fifty-plus seizures a day. It isn’t certain if a serious illness could cause another downward spiral, so our family has chosen to largely quarantine during flu season. This was extended and amplified during the pandemic. Continue reading

26Mar 2019

Standing in front of my kitchen sink in the cold, blue, January dawn, I run the warm water to wipe off my son’s face before he heads off to high school. The washcloth steams visibly in the frigid morning air as I carefully wipe off Benny’s face, getting off any traces of breakfast or sleepy eyes. He turns 15 in a week. I realize that I have to reach up to wipe off his face. He’s now taller than I am. I’m struck by the poignancy of this moment. Continue reading

29Jun 2018

Sonnet walking smiling

Since Sonnet wasn’t diagnosed with GAMT until she was seven-years-old, she is severely affected developmentally in every way. We found that with treatment and therapies she gained new skills quickly. Her therapists are a VERY important part of our team. Continue reading

11Jun 2018

Summer is the most coveted time of the year around our house… AND IT’S HERE!!! Both boys have birthdays in the summer, the weather is perfect for swimming and being outside all day, shaved ice and late nights playing – it is just great! Continue reading

15Apr 2018

Everyday life with special needs children can be challenging. But one adjusts to the “new normal” and establishes a routine that works at home. When you add traveling to the mix it is a whole ‘nother mix of complications. My daughter thrives on routines, yet plane trips and overnight medical stays are just part of her reality (and mine!) How do we cope with these trips thrown in every few months? Here are several of the things that have helped us to have a more positive outcome. Continue reading

08Feb 2018

Sonnet Being carried by her dad

Sonnet was six and a half years old when we adopted her in the summer of 2016. She weighed only thirty pounds and was deemed profoundly malnourished by our doctor. We had watched from afar as her condition deteriorated over a period of two years from a child who could stand holding onto an object to one who could barely sit up. Continue reading

02Feb 2018

Levi reading a get well soon card

Hey everyone! I hope the new year is off to a great start!

Levi has been in first grade this year, and absolutely LOVES school!  I am so glad for that, although I always wonder and worry how he is doing academically, socially, and behaviorally.  He has an amazing teacher that has not let him slip between the cracks and has been in touch with me A LOT about his lack of focus in school. UGH!!  Continue reading

15Jan 2018

Beth with Jerry and Benny at birth

During the winter break, we undertook the daunting task of organizing digital photos from the past fifteen years. We take a lot of pictures, so we had over 17,000 images to move and file. As we cataloged the pictures, we reminisced about our first house, our childless days, our travels, our first pregnancy. Seeing those baby pictures of Benny and those early years brought back a flood of emotions. Continue reading