Thursday, February 28, 2013

Happily Overwhelmed and Inspired: Texas Deafblind Symposium 2013

My, what a number last weekend's Texas Deafblind Symposium did on me!

It was held at Omni Hotel South Park on February 22-23 (Fri-Sat).  The kids went over to a fellow family's home for the non-school daytime those 2 days.  Poor Thomas came down with a bug but he bounced back on Saturday and brought Skyler to the last part of the symposium.  I brought Orion with me to the Family Social on Friday evening.  New/old friends met Orion and I enjoyed meeting people in person without cyberspace in between us.

I had a lot to talk about after the symposium, ask my poor husband! I probably could talk anyone's eyes out of their sockets. I would love to talk about it all here in a blog post. Too much. I guess it'll have to trickle out over time.

There's more frequent, yet brief, news on Facebook by the way of photos, status posts and my pearls in comments now lost in Facebooktime.

I can't forget to share some of my Facebook thoughts here on A Mom's Musings!

On Facebook (2/24/2013): When we were waiting for food at Mandola's last night, Orion reached out, arm fully extended, found some bread in a basket and munched on it. He just helped himself! We saw it, we loved it. Way to go, Orion!

I forgot to mention, Orion knew exactly where the bread basket was because he went right for a 2nd piece of bread.

(Also on 2/24): I look forward to taking the kids to the beach this summer and looking for crabs under rocks. Skyler is looking forward to crab hunting. Thomas, Skyler and I watched a precious video of an intervener [named Gunnar] and a Deafblind student [Ingrid] share the experience of a lively little crab skittering along the kid's arm. That was during the last part of the TX Deafblind Symposium yesterday. Lots and lots of information was shared. I'm not able to remember everything but once again I have good leads of what I can do with Orion. I enjoyed meeting other parents, too!

Somehow the Symposium vibes got to Orion and he's reaching out with his hands more than ever! One day during this past week, we were driving out to the site where our new home is being built, Orion reached out beyond his car seat to find his big brother sitting next to him. Skyler was signing to us and found himself tangled up with Orion's curious hands and feet. Orion had hooked Skyler's arm into his own and reached out with his right foot.

Sweet little tidbits of progress. Yes, there's the hard times, too. But I can't help but do those celebratory fist pumps. Orion requires a lot of work but dang, thank you, he's so fun, too! Thank God.


  1. OMG! I was there. I saw you and your son. You were pushing him in a stroller and you reached for his blanket and once he recognized what you were giving him, he had the biggest smile on his face. What a precious baby boy. My son is 17months old and deaf/blind. I blog about him here at

  2. I'm so happy to hear he's reaching out on his own. That's fabulous. It's hard when they are little but every bit of interaction just means so much. :)


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