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.

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI Shiloh,

Thanks for the lovely comment you left on Ethan's blog. I am feeling much better today, it's just so overwhelming to me at times. You said the stuff I needed to hear. I do sometimes think that there is no accident that he came into our lives, we must be especially cut out for what it takes parenting a special needs child.

On the up side, I'm genuinely thrilled to see the progress Isaac is making. It gives me hope to see his success, on Ethan's own time he will hopefully be experiencing some of the same things. And keep the pictures coming, he's so beautiful and fun to look at. Maybe some day we can get together when the boys are bigger.

Take care,

3:48 PM  
Blogger Drew's Mom said...

Wonderful! I am so glad that you had such a wonderful trip to CHOP. Can't wait for the day we are on your side of the journey with hearing!

Thinking about you daily, as I believe you are due soon. Keep us posted on baby watch!


8:07 PM  
Blogger bill & julia melone said...

Hi Shiloh! This is Julia (Davis, now Melone), Lydia's friend from Tyler. I read this blog sometimes (Lydia told me about it). It's so neat to read about Isaac's progress! Especially this post about his visit to CHOP. I got tears in my eyes just reading some of your posts. What a precious little boy he is!

I guess Lydia may have told you that Bill and I are expecting, too! We are very excited! I'm due Aug 15.

Hope you guys are all doing well!

love, julia

3:57 PM  

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