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!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Elijah's Weekend at Camp

Elijah had an awesome weekend at camp. We dropped him off on Friday afternoon and picked him up on Sunday morning at 11:00. He rode a horse, climbed a TALL rock wall, went fishing, rode in a canoe, ate ice cream and made friends. He did things I never expected he would. I still need to take his camera in to have the film developed, so I 'll be posting more pictures once they are ready.

On Sunday, each cabin read their wishes. Many of them wished that more people would understand Tourette Syndrome. Another wish, was that camp would be a week long! At the end, each cabin had balloons, that they attached their wish to. They then let the balloons go. It was such an awesome sight to see. Elijah didn't want to let his balloon go, but he finally did! He wants to go back again next year!

Oh and I love the shirt he got. Take a look at the second picture..."Keep Calm and TIC ON".

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Elijah is at Camp

My honey and I drove down with Elijah yesterday to drop him off at camp. It is a camp for children with Tourette Syndrome in Texas. He was very excited all the way down. We stopped at the hotel to drop off our things and then took him to his camp. He got his lanyard and name badge. We dropped his luggage off and amp staff would get it to his cabin. Dropping off his medicine took the longest, but still was too hard.

One of Elijah's teachers volunteered to go to camp with him. The woman in charge asked if there was anyone who new sign language who could come with Elijah. When his "ears" are off, he is deaf. The school principal worked with me to find someone.  Communication breakdowns lead you undesirable behavior and his speech can be hard to understand at times.  Elijah was very happy to see his teacher there.

I have never been away from Elijah and not been able to talk to him. I can't wait to see him tomorrow and see what fun he had. There is a presentation in the morning and we will eat lunch there. We will then drive home. My honey and I enjoyed our day exploring downtown Brenham. We had an awesome lunch and will head to dinner in a bit. I hope to post pictures in the next few days and let you all know how he did.