It's been a while since a post has happened, so here you go.
Over the last couple of months, we've celebrated Christmas in Australia, I've spent a week in hospital in Australia recovering from a minor stroke (fully recovered thanks, and on meds for the foreseeable), the girls have gone back to school and Sue's come down with bronchitis (on meds and getting over it slowly).
Late last year, I went on 3 parts of a 4 part <a href="http://bubbytimes.blogspot.com/2013/11/second-aba-workshop.html"ABA course</a> to try and understand what it is and whether it would be of benefit to Emily.
While there I got the name of a consultant from one of the guys running the workshop. I'm happy to say we've made contact and agreements have been made to do ABA for Emily. The consultant is coming next Tuesday for an initial assessment and we can see where things progress from there.
While Em's not the most severely disabled autistic person there is, she is still not as high functioning as we'd like her to be, and we're hoping the ABA treatment will "bring her out of her shell" if that's possible. A bit more focus and more attention to tasks at hand (which don't involve Wiggles or PlaySchool DVDs) would be a good start.
With Holly, we have been provided a new SMALLER walking frame for her to get around. She's still amazing every professional she sees. When we got back from Australia her therapists, and nursery we all amazed at how well she was doing and progressed. It's great that some things can go so well. We just need her standing and doing independent steps and we'll be well on our way.