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!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Elijah is Going to Camp Next Month

Elijah will be going to a camp for kids with Tourette Syndrome next month. It starts on a Friday afternoon and ends Sunday at noon. I am very excited for him to get to go. We sent all of the paperwork in and got the letter back saying he was going! He is very excited and possibly a bit anxious, but I think it will be good for him. He is maturing quite a bit and wants to act like a BIG boy. The camp is assigning someone to him who knows sign, since they have never had a profoundly deaf kid with cochlear implants before. When his "ears" are off he needs that sign to assist him. He is also still hard to understand when he gets excited, so this will help with any communication breakdowns. It also makes me feel better about sending him off. I worry more about the equipment and people knowing how to assist him with the processors if there are issues.

My honey and I are going to take him down and then stay in a hotel about 45 minutes away and have our own vacation. Jacob will be staying with a friend! He gets his own vacation too!

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