The last two weeks have been very interesting. Alex is 8 years old, and we just started toilet training him (not that we have not been trying for years). This has been a lot of fun!!! (NOT AT ALL!!!!) We have had many messes to clean up, but he also has made so much progress. I am so grateful and so proud of him. A fun fact I have learned from OCI is that in Ugandan villages they start toilet training babies as soon as they are born. I am completely intrigued by this. It is incredible. The current program Alex is enrolled in has been a tremendous help with toilet training and teaching him everyday life skills.
We started Alex in Early Intervention (E.I.) at 18 months and he was in the program until he was 3 years old. He was enrolled in speech therapy, food therapy, and occupational therapy. At the time, E.I.'s therapies were the best option for us, but the more I learn about OCI's Early Childhood Education curriculum, the more I wonder what kind of impact this curriculum would have had on Alex. Where would he be now? I do not like "what ifs?" So I do not dwell on that, but I am curious to see the impact this program will have on all children. The endless potential to this program has caught my attention, and I am excited to be a part of the Early Childhood Education Program.
Good afternoon! I wanted to start by telling you all a little about myself.
My name is Kelly Brammer. I am a stay at home mother to my 8 year old son Alex. Alex is a very energetic 8 year old who has Autism and is non-verbal. He is a very happy little guy that puts a smile on your face as soon as you meet him. I have been married to my wonderful husband Nick for 9 years now.
I started volunteering for OCI a few months ago after meeting Jessica and hearing about her wonderful program. Early Childhood Development is the most important part of a child's upbringing. It is what will shape them into who they will become, what they will accomplish, what they will be able to understand, and how they will relate and interact with other people in their future. These are the reasons why I have started volunteering for OCI and I am so excited to be doing so.
This is just a little about myself. I look forward to putting up more blogs and would love to answer any questions anyone might have.
Have a great day!!!