Communication School Finished

Today is the last day, after three school years, of driving my daughter across town to take part in a special communication classroom. She started there August 27, 2009. Normally I probably would not remember that so well, but I actually blogged about it. It has been a long three years. While I would never have let her take the school bus across town I am glad that her time at the communication classroom is over and our driving across town is done.

If you don’t remember my daughter has apraxia. It is often called different things, developmental childhood apraxia, verbal apraxia and apraxia of speech. Does not really matter what you call it though the reality is the same. She has to be taught how to talk, not like most kids who just pick it up naturally.

Looking back on the three years she has made some tremendous growth in her speech. While she still has several sounds that she is working on she has come along way from that first meeting we had with the school speech therapist who told us she was on the 2nd percentile of speech for her age. That was not a particularly encouraging moment for us and looking back on it was the moment that made us wonder if we had made the right decision to put her into the school communication classroom. While that first year was a tough one, with not having a very supportive school speech therapist and a private speech therapist that eventually quit on us (that is another story) things have improved. The school speech therapist retired and the new speech therapist has been supportive and helpful.

I have to say I am glad that I will no longer have to drive my daughter across town. While I would not have let her take the school bus everyday for the last three years, which would have meant close to 2 hours on the bus a day for her, it will be a nice change to have her full days at her local school with no need to drive everyday. Until fall though we have one more summer of fun at the lake and I find myself looking forward to time together playing at the cabin.

Cutting the Cable

We have been subscribers to Shaw Direct (it was Star Choice) for years and the service was ok. Back when we lived in Rosthern there was not much choice you either got satellite tv or you have crappy cable tv from the local cable company. Since we moved to Regina a few years ago things have changed considerably. We tried Zip.ca for awhile, but the fact that they were slow to bring in streaming was (I still don’t think they have it) was killer. When Netflix opened up here I jumped on it the first day it was available and we have never looked back.

Once we joined Netflix out watching satellite tv started to drop of. The kids never turned the satellite on any more and the only person that watched it occasionally was myself to watch the Rider games. Considering how bad their season was in 2011 it was even hard to sit and watch them for a whole game. By the end of October it was obvious that we really did not need Shaw Direct any more, no one was watching it so we decided to cancel. We went from paying $50/month for satellite tv that no one was watching to using only Netflix for $7.99/month! The kids don’t care, and I can usually find something to watch that I enjoy. I recently went through the entire 10 seasons of Stargate SG1.

Netflix still might have the best selection here in Canada yet but it is getting better. We don’t feel like we are missing anything without having Shaw Direct. If you do feel a need to catch the latest episode of some newer show you from the US or UK (I like Doctor Who, are you surprised) you can easily use a VPN service to stream those. I guess it is either that or do a torrent search, not that I recommend either. 🙂

Lots of people talk about getting rid of their cable or satellite tv but it does not seem like a lot of people actually do it. They have one reason or another why they hold onto their cable packages and pay the cable companies outrageous sums of money each month to watch whatever is on at the moment. If you have not stopped paying for cable of satellite tv why not?