Killi Therapy Week 2: To Tantrum or Not To Tantrum

turtle watching

turtle watching

That is the question…

My son can throw an epic tantrum.  To me they are so awful I would rather have bamboo shoots shoved under my fingernails then to have to listen to a tantrum.  Something about the tantrum sets me on edge, I hear this is normal for mothers but that does not make it any easier to deal with.  I have been told by two different medical practitioners that mothers are wired in such a way that our cortisol, the stress hormone, levels go through the roof when our kids cry/throw a tantrum.  I can attest to this because I feel like I can’t function when my son throws one.

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Killi Therapy Week 1: And so it begins…

A reward of funarium after a hard week at therapy!

A reward of funarium after a hard week at therapy!

I probably won’t post about every week of the program but I wanted to share some exciting events during this week and reassurances from our doctor that has me thrilled about this journey we are on.

During our first week, Killi’s doc wanted to work with him without the nanny or I in the room. So for Monday-Wednesday, Odie (our new and awesome nanny) and I sat and read for about two hours in their guest room. Killian, the doctor and his staff played inside and outside with the other children and really had a great time! On Thursday and Friday, we had rain in Bangkok and there was a little flooding at the institute so we couldn’t sit in the guest room so we were more involved in the play therapy. Killian’s progress after one full week is astounding.

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Our Next Big Adventure

killi pic

Our Wild Man

We are moving forward in the next phase of working on Killian’s delays.  Like I mentioned in a previous post, we went to a specialist at the hospital that told us he was delayed and kept saying, with her sweet Thai smile “o no good.”  I have tried to implement every recommendation that she gave us.  She assured me that I would not be able to find a speech therapist that speaks English and I was Killian’s best option. After a month and half, my son has become a little more social with improvements with his eye contact but his speech has not.  It does not matter what I do to change this, he is simply choosing not to talk to us with words we can understand.  He does currently have a special language that he uses.

We have decided that we are not the best teachers for Killian in helping him to speak.  I started to search out different options for help with developmental delays in Bangkok. Yesterday I visited the Reed Institute in Bangkok.  I met with the director and explained everything that has happened with Killi. How he was talking, went mute when we moved to Bangkok, our disgruntled nanny that was clearly affecting him, our new nanny that he loves and the progress he has made in the last two months with his babbling.

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