Friday was a busy day for L. For the next 13 weeks (and maybe even more), he has swimming lessons on Friday mornings. Works out well -- R gets one on one attention and naps well (without screaming brother to wake him) with The Wife and L gets one on one attention from Mommy.
Anyways, L has always been a water baby and he just went ballistic on Friday (happy ballistic!). Was very very well behaved, went to the instructor, put his face in the water, blew bubbles and all. Pretty much was the angel child that we all know that he CAN be.
Then in the afternoon we had the long awaited and much dreaded Occupational Therapy consult and he officially has a SPD (now a second opinion confirmed it). I am waiting for the full report, but he appears to be sensory seeking (for those of you who know the lingo) and he qualifies for weekly OT appointments. So now he will have 3 therapy appointments a week as well as swimming lessons. I am starting to worry about over scheduling him! We will see how it goes though and how he reacts to the new schedule. I currently like that he spends a few hours at the park when it is nice, so I don’t want him to lose that on a regular basis.
In the end, L is impulsive, high-energy, frustrates easily and has crap fine motor skills (duh, duh, duh and DUH!!).
But he is one hell of a brother and just so sweet to R.
DS tidbit: Health concerns for individuals with Down syndrome include a higher risk for congenital heart defects, gastroesophageal reflux disease, recurrent ear infections, obstructive sleep apnea, and thyroid dysfunctions.