Healing Reins

 I've been around and have been knitting, but I've been so completely exhausted by the end of the day, that no posting has occurred, even though I've been keeping up with my blog reading.  What's the reason for the exhaustion?  Well, I haven't mentioned it here before, but my son, Ryan, has autism.  He's had many different types of therapy over the years, but has only had speech therapy for the past year and a half.  So, this January we decided to add some new therapies that are doing wonders for him. 


First off is Healing Reins, therapeutic horse riding.  He loves this so much.  His horse is named Chex and he loves to see him every week.  He's learned a lot in the past two months and has been able to go off lead (ride independently) and has done some trotting. 

Secondly, he started doing Lindamood-Bell reading tutoring.  He seems to be on the cusp of learning to read and has loved books for years.  We wanted to see if this would jump start his reading.  So far he's doing great. 

Thirdly he started occupational therapy again with a wonderful therapist in town who has him doing all sorts of stuff his previous OT's never did.  We are seeing great improvement in his eye-hand coordination already.

While all this is fabulous for Ryan, it has added a lot more running around to my schedule and on top of that he did a 10 day intensive auditory training last week.  This involves listening to frequency modulated music twice a day for 10 days.  It's supposed to help with listening skills and with the hyper sensitive hearing that many people with autism face.  Anyway, that just about did me in with going there twice a day in addition to the other stuff.  I am able to bring my knitting everywhere and that has certainly helped. 

So, I will try to be better about posting, but we do have some trips in the next month that will take me away from the computer.  The first starts on Monday when we leave for Caba San Lucas, Mexico.  Yay!! Margaritas on the beach.  I'm ready to lay down and not move for a week.

Well, that's all for now, I've got to get the boy to bed so we can start a new (and busy) day!