Clear as a Bell…

Well, we’ve done the tests and everything has not only turned out fine but his hearing is actually BETTER than optimum results. YAY and Blimmin heck.

I then had a very long chat with his teacher, trying to work out our plan of attack from here on. She actually sighed and said, “Ohhhh dear, I was SO hoping that this would solve our problems.” Crickey, I could have killed her. I said, “You WANTED him to be deaf?”. Of course she didn’t, but this means that the problems are behavioural and not physical, and therefore much harder to treat.

 While we were at the audiologists, Ryan was asked to do a whole series of puzzles. They were pretty complex. SO complex that the audio lady turned around at the end of the meeting and said that the problem was not his hearing. The problem was that he was extremely bright and he was more than likely bored. So she gave him some puzzles meant for 8 year olds (he’s 5). And he did them in record time.

So when I mentioned this to his teacher she looked at me incomplete disbelief. Apparently at school she found him unable to hold scissors or a pencil properly, unable to participate in group activites. He didn’t socialise with anyone in his own class. He didn’t motivate himself. Argh! He’s not like that at home, so what’s going on?

Anyway, but the end of an hour I think we had everything pretty well nutted out. We’re going to get him tested for the gifted and talented program. He’s going to be watched pretty carefully over the next few weeks. Time will tell. In the meantime I have cancelled the speech pathologist he was supposed to see – according to her everything he is doing sounds completely normal. And that we should just let him adjust and see how he goes in his own time. I agree totally. Why is everyone in such a rush to have the kids grow up (and pidgeon holed) these days?

On another note, I am up to my neck in scrapbook LO’s and other projects getting ready to sell at the school Family Fun Day. I thought it would be a good idea to hold a stall and sell off some stuff. I didn’t realise it was going to be so popular! Now everyone wants something for their aunt/uncle/dad/mum/brother/sister and cousin once removed. Eek!

In the meantime I have been doing some bits and pieces for Embellished – working on the March Kit (GORGEOUS!) and also working on samples for our currently running comps and challenges – our “In Your Skin” comp, our Junk Journal challenges, our weekly and monthly sketches, our Elsie challenges. Busy busy busy!

So here’s a sneak peek of the march Kit:

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Here’s a quick bite from my latest Tip for the week – using Sculpey Modelling Clay in your Tim Holtz Grungeboard to create new embellishments..

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..and here are some peeks of some cards I have done for the Stamping and Papercraft Project that I have been working on – these are the ones we will NOT be using in the mag BUT they will give you a fair idea of what will be coming out. I must admit it’s been a while since I have done cards, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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A big thankyou to both JAN and DEB who are forever giving me bits and pieces to use in my scrapping which are so very inspiring. Their latest gifts to me where a whole stack of vintage buttons – gorgeous!!

Take care all,

Sares xx

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