Friday, September 30, 2006
I just realized today that it's been a few days since I posted. We've had a busy week.
I talked to the publisher about my children's book, and once I get in the illustrations from my friend's daughter in Russia, we can really talk turkey. Zoya e-mailed the other day and said she's almost done with them.
I don't really have much time to write, but here's an e-mail I sent to a friend this morning, that catches up a little bit:
Once I get my 171H form in, and the dossier goes off, it will be 3-5 months before I actually travel to Kazkhstan. Looks like probably February or March. I hate waiting. I am glad I can come here and stay busy, and we have various projects at home.
I have a friend who works for a foundation called the Antares foundation, and she is in touch with folks at the orphanage where my son is, and sends me photos. She adopted an 8 year old boy from the same orphanage a couple of years ago, so she is a fount of information. Here’s some photos from an outing they took the kids on a few months ago. You can see my boy in the shots near the lower right - there are a couple where you can see him clearly, just look for the missing right hand –
Alesia has been diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder. I am glad I had her tested. I thought she had ADD – it’s often mis-diagnosed as ADD or ADHD. There’s a great private remedial program called Lindamood Bell, and they work with kids with all kinds of learning disabilities. Their success rate is phenomenal. I met yesterday with the director of the Lindamood Bell program and we reviewed Alesia’s test scores. On a couple of things Alesia was in the middle percentiles [spelling and one other]. On a couple of the tests she was in the 1st percentile – comprehension related stuff. They did say she reads on 6th grade level and spells on 9th grade level, which is encouraging. They also said that one of their programs may help reduce her accent.
So, Alesia is going to start this Monday, going 4 hours a day, from 8 – 12. I will drop her off before work [it’s on Cobb Pkwy, nearby], and go get her on my lunch hour and take her home.
The program itself means there are 4 therapists a day who will work with her one on one. I am so hopeful that this program will make a big difference to Alesia. You can view the website at www.lindamoodbell.com.