Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. They live with their mom, Mary, who is the writer of this blog. Jacob is 19 and is now four inches taller than his mom! He also has ADHD and gorgeous red hair. He is a freshman at a technical college studying computer maintenance. Elijah is 15! He is in 9th grade and he is not in ROTC at his high school. He also had red hair, but it is lighter and not as thick as his brother's hair. He is hearing impaired(auditory neuropathy) and wears two cochlear implants. He also has tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD and anxiety! Mary just started her 25th year as a teacher of the deaf. She is also in her last semester of graduate school to be a diagnostician! She will graduate in December of 2015!

Friday, February 26, 2010


Elijah finally did it! He made it to level 5 in his classroom! Just a review, he has been in this class since Dec. 2, 2008....that's 2008 and has never made level 5. He started with level 1 way back then and has bounced between levels 1-3 all that time until he finally made level 4 back in December 2009. It has taken a lot of work on his part to get there, but it has also taken a lot of work by his teacher. I have had to really educate the school on how to best handle Elijah and his tourette syndrome, OCD and ADHD.

The teacher spoke to someone who is an expert on tourette syndrome and got some great ideas. They will be implemented next week. I am sure there are still rough days ahead, but I hope we are on the right path now.

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