Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. Jacob is 21 years old and just moved into an apartment with his girlfriend. He graduated from a technical college with an Associate's degree in Computer Maintenance. He works for a school district as a computer technician. Elijah is almost 18 years old. He is hearing impaired, has Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD. He is a junior in high school. Elijah lives with his mom Mary and her wife, his stepmom. Mary has a bachelor's in deaf education and a masters in special education, and is an educational diagnostician. Life is always changing and this blog has chronicled many of these changes and will continue to do so!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Great Workshop and update!

I attended a workshop today and yesterday on the emotional, social and language development of children with hearing loss. It went from birth to adult age and it was GREAT! The presenters were wonderful. I learned a lot and I can apply it to my program/students and to Elijah! It was very insightful! It is amazing that even after teaching for almost 19 years that you can still learn something NEW!!

On another note, we have survived the first week back at school. Jacob has actually been pleasant to wake up....not meaning he was HAPPY to get up but he wasn't moody! That is amazing for a 13 year old! Elijah had a pretty good week. His points were frozen yesterday and still frozen today, but compared to past behavior the issues this week were minor. His tics have also calmed down quite a bit and that has been great for him and me! Work was good and I had a nice two days "off" by attending this workshop. Although I had my iphone with me so I still was in contact with work and answering emails!!! It saves my sanity though, because I hate to come home and check emails and see things that needed to be handled pretty quick instead of waiting.

It has been COLD here in Texas and that is an understatement. We have been below freezing since 3AM yesterday morning. We won't get above freezing until tomorrow afternoon. You know it is cold when the cats come and find you to sleep next too to stay warm!

I plan on watching a few movies this weekend and catching up on laundry! Back to the grind next week, but planning on trying to relax this weekend.

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