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Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Lesson from our son

Beaver's pediatrician has wanted us to try a cream with some vital minerals vitamins or whatever, I cant quite remember. The stuff is called Primer, and all I know is that it's a sticky bright yellow cream that doesn't come cheap. The doctor works with lots of kids on the autistic spectrum, and has seen many kids respond well to it. Although Beaver is not on the spectrum, our pediatrician believes there is a "starved brain" connection, and thinks Beaver might benefit from it, especially cognitively.

I have been very casual about the cream, it's just something I started doing "because Doctor Antony wanted us to try it out". You see, it's always so hard to explain cognitive issues without making Beaver feel he's stupid - he has enough anxieties about being "different" and "slower" than his class mates, and so I have not explained the purpose of the cream. Easier not to go there if we don't need to.

We're happy to give it a go, and Beaver loves his nightly rub - which always ends in a session of scratching is back. Judging from the rolling eyes, he thoroughly enjoys it. He has already asked me to get more cream when runs out...


This evening, I was doing the thing, when Beaver asked.

"Why does Doctor Antony want me to have this cream?"

"Well honey, he's always trying new things to make your CP better."

To which our very smart son replied:

"Why? What's wrong with my CP?"


Shannon said...

What an amazing little man. Nothing Beaver. There is nothing wrong with your CP. What an inspiration he is.

On a side note- Ben is headed to Kindergarten in the fall and they are pushing all day. How old was Beaver when he started all day school?

Heike said...

Shannon, e-mail me on heikefabig at bigpond dot com, and i will reply in detail. Cheers, H.

Fiona said...

And of course he is right. Last week I reiterated to Sandy (at age 12) that all the therapy was simply to help him move more easily and do things he liked, eg play footy, throw a ball, play playstation better, grow taller. I emphasised there is nothing wrong with him, he has a perfect body and also an injury to his brain that makes it harder for him to move than other kids. He looked pretty chuffed!

Kathryn said...

Darn straight! He's so right! Nice post.

mommy~dearest said...

Awesome, Beaver!