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Owen Plays the Piano

I already posted this on the family blog, so my apologies to anyone who sees this twice.  I have thought of consolidating down to one blog, but I figure that there are a lot of people who might be interested in how Owen is doing with his hydrocephalus, but do not in any way care about watching his sister learn how to ride a bike.  I also like to page through the family blog just for fun, and I'd rather not see the stories of the hospitalizations and such as I try to enjoy a wander down memory lane.  So without further ado, here is what Owen did today:

After dinner this evening Owen treated us to a serenade on his absolute favorite toy: his little piano.  He just can't get enough of this toy, he plays with it endlessly.  Below is a little video that is just packed full of exciting things. There are all kinds of accomplishments in this one and a half minute video:

  • The first thing to notice is that in the very beginning Owen waves "Hi" to me when he sees me sit down with the camera.  It looks a little like he's milking a cow, but that is his wave.  I have been working on this with him for a while now, and now he thinks that it is required every time he sees me, it's just adorable. 
  • Next you will see Daddy get his attention to play the piano - not by grabbing his hand as we would have had to have done in days past, but by playing a sound on the piano.  That is an amazing thing in and of itself.  The sheer fact that he likes the toy is a testament to how well he is hearing.  He never used to be interested in toys that made sound, now he loves them.
  • The fact that Owen can push the keys hard enough to make a sound is an accomplishment as well.  Since Owen has not crawled and therefore spent huge amounts of time bearing weight on his hands, his hand strength is a bit lacking.  When he first tried to play with this toy a few months ago he couldn't push the keys down hard enough to make a sound, now he merrily bangs away.
  • You can't miss the fact that he is sitting up on his own for the entire concert (which was actually much longer than this video clip).  He doesn't sit back on Daddy until the very end.
  • After the little transition in the video you will see just how much more interactive he has become.  He finishes his song and then hits his hands on his lap - which is him signing "All done".  Then he sees me and waves "hi" and then for some unknown reason he signs "more" (putting his two hands together with the fingers touching).  He did go back and play at the piano again after that, so maybe he was saying that he was just resting and was planning on doing more.  Either way, it was three bits of communication in short order. We used to beg for a single sign at mealtime!

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All in all, a very good day!

This week is going to be very busy.  Tomorrow we will go to the audiologist in North Carolina for a hearing test and possible new mapping on the implant.  He obviously hears very well, so maybe they will just do a check-up and leave it as-is.  On Tuesday we are having a "T" party where his PT (physical therapist), OT (occupational therapist) and ST (speech therapist) will all be here at one time for a brainstorming session.  On Wednesday we have to be at the hospital bright and early for a lower GI test for Owen.  Thursday is Owen in school in the morning, then I drive home and drop him off and go back to Sammy's class to teach ASL.  Friday is speech therapy in Greensboro, NC.   Should be an interesting week!

 
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