Katie Verdecchia's Journal
Katie is growing and learning imitations
Written Sep 25, 2012 12:47pm
Katie is learning to imitate us, which helps give us hope to learn more sign language. She is starting to try to use the sign help and get us to imitate her hands (open, closed, forward, to the face, numbers ect). We love this imitation. Waving hello and goodbye are still difficult, but she is learning slowly.
Katie has some issues at home, and has resisted not using her talker sometimes. Heather said it's akin to a toddler refusing to say hello when you tell them too. We are working through these issues with ABA (which is amazing!)
Also- thanks to everyone who has helped with Katie's IPAD./ If possible, and you have a moment. Would you click this link and clickl like. The more likes, the more it will be seen by others and have the chance to get more donations. our goal is $600-$700 to get the IPAD and case
Tried lowering the campaign, but it will not let me
Written Sep 7, 2012 10:32amIt will not let me lower or change the amount, but I found out an IPAD 2 and 3 are not so different and I can get an IPAD 2 with the case for $600. I am going to close the site when I reach that goal!
Katie needs a new IPAD
Written Sep 7, 2012 8:31am
Katie is doing great, but she had many signs of another disorder called Autism. Eye averting, not really wanting to be touched, lacking social skills, and non verbal. We went though the process (six months) and was diagnosed with One of the things that has been great for Katie is her IPAD 1. We use her IPAD for so many things. It has a photo book of us she can scroll through, apps for her to learn from, a great positive reinforcign tool. We use it to 'tell her' about things we about to do like on 'ischedule' and it has an Augg comm app, but that is not it's sole use. We do have another talker to be her voice.
But Katie's IPAD is broken. Katie is young and imbalanced with Aicardi Syndrome and the Hemispherectomy causing something called Hemiparisis- a weakness on the left side. It has a stroke like 'look'. Falling and dropping the IPAD over the past 3 years, and her excessive drooling, have taken it's toll. It is still somewhat functional, but the sound is gone, and will only reappear spatically. The button is starting to stick, and the IPAD freezes up alot. The right side is bulging from the dropping.
Unfortunately, we are not able to purchase an IPAD at this time. We are a one income family, and my job is ending on 30 Sep, 2012. We will use it till it is on it's last legs, but Katie is getting more and more frustrated with it's sound not function and it's freezing up.
I made a fundraising site to help defer the costs or purchase a new one. No pressure, but if you are able to help, that would be great. Any help you could provide- $1 would be great towards the purchase of an IPAD 3 for Katie and a durable case to make it last against her dropping and drooling.