The First Step with First Steps

Yesterday the intake coordinator for First Steps came out to the house to enroll Lola in the program. First Steps is an early intervention program that is funded by the State although you are required to pay something based on your income (if not covered by insurance). They believe that every child (from birth to three years) with a disability or developmental delay should be provided the services they need to help them excel in life. Under Federal Law, every family has the right to an evaluation, but not every child will be allowed into the program. There are certain criteria that the child must meet in order to be approved for services. The child must be developmentally delayed by 20% in two areas or 25% in one...
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The Last Phase of PT With Moisés – Lola Must Go to the World

Sadly, today was Lola’s last appointment with Moisés. It was originally scheduled for next week, but Moisés is going to be in Mexico and we didn’t want to reschedule an appointment on one of our last few days in Costa Rica. So today was as good as any. We wanted to bring Moisés a thank you gift, so I headed to this cute little store in Ciudad Colon called Organica. It is a juice/snack bar, but she also sells everything from organic chocolate, hammocks, soaps, teas and a lot of yoga related items. Remembering that Moisés was into yoga, I found him Mala Beads. He was thrilled with the memento and immediately put them on as we told him he was to think of Lola every time he...
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“Inchstones”

“Is Lola {blank} yet?” I get a lot of this question. And I mean a lot. Is she crawling? Is she sitting? Is she talking? At first this question kind of stung and I would get very defensive for the sake of my daughter. Now I simply reply with “No she isn’t yet, but this is what she is doing.” When Lola was diagnosed with cortical visual impairment, I joined a Facebook group called “Thinking Outside the Light-Box: Vision Therapy Support Group” per the advice of my virtual friend, Amanda. It is a place where parents of children with CVI can go to share ideas about vision therapy exercises, equipment or aids that are helpful and most importantly it is a “safe place” where we can openly ask...
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Ultima Cita con Melissa

On Saturday we had our last appointment with Melissa and I must admit it was pretty sad. She was probably wondering why I was teared up, but Melissa and Moisés have done wonders for Lola. They truly are the reason for Lola’s amazing progress. Sure we ourselves work with Lola all day long, but it was their tools and guidance that enabled us to help our daughter. They are true professionals, but they make you feel like you are indeed part of their team. I only hope we find therapists as compassionate and caring as the ones we have found here in Costa Rica. It had been almost three weeks since we had last seen Melissa and she was thrilled to see the improvement in Lola’s vision. She...
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Halloween and Happiness

I know we’ve been absent for a few days, but Rob and I have begun the tedious task of preparing to move. While we still have a month before we board that plane back home, we would like to actually enjoy our final weeks with our family and friends rather than scrambling around to get everything in order. We only have two more weeks of work and then we are libre! I want to soak up that time with my Mom and Steve because as excited as I am to go home, I’m sure going to miss them. So not only have we been working at the hotel, we’ve also been getting medical records translated, ordering Lola’s mountain of medication we intend to bring back, trying to sell...
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