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Saturday, June 22, 2013

So easily distracted

This summer is off to a good start, if the last week is any indication.  I sure hope we get more weekends like this one.  The fact that I can drive again, and that Alex is older, and that my books are real physical books again means that I'm more mobile than I was last summer. 

Last weekend we finally went out to Edaville to ride the Thomas train and it turned out that they also had unlimited amusement park rides
included in the cost of admission.  We went ahead and took advantage of that little perk, lol. 

As you can see from the photos, Dante was less than thrilled initially but after the first ride he perked right up.  I love that even though he wasn't interested in the rides (before getting on them), he was willing to go on with Alex because Alex was too small to ride alone.  What a good big brother to take one for the team like that.  Needless to say, they all had a great time.

Then Thursday night the school PTA hosted the Oldham Night at the carousel.  It was open to the students and families, with snacks and free carousel rides.  Alex rode a few times and played with some friends before we had to get home for bed.  We're still having some social/emotional difficulty in these types of situations but he's improved so much since last year and I have hope that he'll be even better next year.

In knitting news, I'm still making progress on the Winter Thaw pattern and I hope to finish before the July 5th wedding.  I don't know if it'll happen, but I have hope. 

In other news, I've finally tracked down the original theory related to Sensory Modulation Disorder: it's Sensory Integration Dysfunction.  Now that I know what it is and where to find it, I'm finding a wealth of information.  And I've contacted my professor and gotten some support so I will be doing my thesis on SMD.  I also have a friend from church who as agreed to act as a sort of adviser for me since I'm an online student and I won't have access to one.  This is also great because this friend is affiliated with an Ivy League School, and that carries a lot more weight with scientific journals than my school does, lol. 

I have this great idea for an experiment and I'm excited to see if my idea proves true.  If so, it could mean big things for my family specifically but maybe it would help others in the treatment of ADHD and SMD.  I suspect a connection between the two, and there could be a connection between treatment methods.  Maybe the field of psychology will start to recognize the Sensory Integration disorders more than they do now.