Isaac's World

Isaac is Deaf but hears with cochlear implants. He received his first cochlear implant on September 25th, 2006. He received his second cochlear implant on September 10, 2008. This is his journey with sound as told by mommy.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy 2nd Birthday Isaac!

Today was Isaac's 2nd Birthday and St. Patrick's Day. For breakfast, we went to Cobblestone's. Isaac ate toast, hash browns with ketsup and green scrambled eggs! I didn't know if he would eat the eggs because of the color, but he did. Later on we went to Tumbletown and let Isaac have some fun on his special day. Isaac and Daddy really had fun in the ball pit, jumping on the trampoline, climbing and going down slides. I just stood around and watched. As my pregnancy progresses (I'm 29 weeks)I can't move around as well as I'd like to.

Isaac's birthday present from us was a Thomas the Train wooden train set. To say he loves it would be an understatement. He won't even let Ian or me play with the trains if he is around. We can build the track for him, but in no way can we look like we are having fun with his trains. He will sign "no" to us and make an "oh" sound and then make the sign for Isaac. He is telling us that they are his trains and we cannot play with them.

Tomorrow we are going to Chuck E Cheese with Granny , Grandpa, Aunt Lydia and Uncle Mike after church. The snow didn't stop the fun this year!

Friday, March 09, 2007

A trip to CHOP

Today Grandpa, Isaac and I went to CHOP for speech therapy and an audiology appointment. We had speech therapy first and Isaac was a stellar pupil! The therapist conducted several activities to determine how well Isaac was doing with his implant. One of the activities included about 6 tiny plastic bears. The therapist took out a dollhouse bed, dollhouse chair and a little car. She put them on the highchair tray and told Isaac, "Go to sleep" for the bed and she placed a bear in the bed under the covers. She then said, "Sit down" and placed one of the bears on the chair. When she placed the bear in the car she said, "Go." She then took the bears away and told Isaac each of the phrases with her mouth covered and gave Isaac a bear to place where she told him. He did this activity nearly perfectly! He tried his best to repeat the words she said. He made awesome attempts and the words green, purple, orange, bubbles, pop, and various others. We did many activities and Isaac followed directions like a champ. At the end of the session, the therapist told us that she wished she had video taped the session because Isaac was the epitome of where a child should be at this point in the implant journey.

Isaac did equally as well in the sound booth. He was hearing across the board at 25 db and down to 20 db at one frequency range! This is so amazing! We are so proud of him. Both the audiologist and speech therapist were very impressed with our little superstar. He was strutting around the hospital like he owned the place. I think he knew he impressed everyone. The funny thing is, Isaac only performed a portion of how well he does at home! We definately made the right choice to have him implanted. He is the poster child for how well this can work...I'm just sure of it.