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!

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.