Maria had another augcom (augmentative communication device) evaluation Friday. This one went much better then the augcomm evalutation she had two years ago. This was a different organization and they actually *gasp* listened to what we had to say! Rather than trying to shove some bad device on us, they tried to figure out what would be best for Maria.
They agreed the Tech/Talk is a bad device, especially for someone like her. We ended up deciding on the Dynavox Maestro, a device similar to the one we think she should have gotten two years ago, but much smaller and lighter. Not only is it a communication device, but has a web browser so we can use it to read online books they assign her in school, and is a standalone Windows 7 computer which can run any touchscreen-capable software. We are much more excited about this than we ever were about the Tech/Talk.
In less happy news, Maria is in one of her not eating and drinking stages. Plus she resists taking her medicine most days. She’s been badly constipated for a couple of months now, and not drinking just makes that worse. Just this morning I tried water, two kinds of juice, and chocolate milk and after two hours of that she has taken about an ounce of fluid.
She and Cathy went to Special Day for Special Kids, which is put on every year by Raising Special Kids. Maria rode the train and the carousel and had a lot of fun. They couldn’t stay longer because Maria had two therapy appointments, but it’s good to get her out to do a few things.