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The Summer has been rolling along way too fast. I can’t believe it’s already August and Parker will soon be back in school. We decided it was best for her to take another year in Pre-K to fine tune her fine motor skills and gain some maturity. Last year was a good year for her to gain new skills but she was literally the youngest child in the entire school of 200 Pre-K children. I know this is something even parents of typical children who have August birthdays struggle with. And, my due date was actually Oct 15th, so she really wasn’t supposed to be here just yet.
Early in the semester 2012, we started Parker on an IEP for Occupational Therapy for assistance with fine motor skills. This has been the first time since she was one that she wasn’t developmentally with her peers. Her fine motor skills are delayed. Over the school year, we had seen minimal progress with her writing/drawing specifically. She did improve with cutting with scissors. But, I’m so eager for her to learn how to write her name, which is a skill that should be mastered by the end of Pre-K.
Parker has little interest in drawing. I’m not sure if its because she isn’t very good at it or why. But, this summer she has had one on one OT at Special Care and I love the results! In just several weeks, she drew this

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I’ve never seen her draw a figure that actually looks like a person.

I’m hopeful this momentum continues into the school year.

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  1. Hello, we are expecting our first baby who was diagnosed with severe hydrocephalus as well as hydronephrosis at our 20 week appointment. We are now almost 24 weeks and we really want to arrange for cord blood banking and infusion. I have a few questions for you because we do not live close to Duke and we aren’t finding much information on infusion in our city. Would you be able to share your email address or email me at mine? This is all so new to us and you would be an invaluable resource! Reading your Parker updates has been a huge source of inspiration and strength for us– thank you for this.

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