I apologize for the lack of an update. We switched internet companies and it took us longer than expected to get our internet working.
We have a lot of good news. Zoe has started the PECS program in her speech therapy and she's doing really well. She's picked up on it very quickly and is very eager once she realizes how we are requesting for her to communicate with us. We still have not implmented the program at home, and will not for some time. We probably will not implment it until she actually understands the concept consistently.
She also started Occupational Therapy this past week. There are a lot of sensory issues that need to be worked on, and so we are going to focus on those. We learned that when Zoe is hurting the cat, she is not doing so intentionally. This is not a behaviour, but a deep desire, a need, to feel something. This also explains why she bangs her head against the floor. She can't feel anything, and so she needs something to be able to feel, and pain and pressure are the only ways she knows. We are going to learn a new program to try and help her learn new ways to feel something. Her Occupational Therapist is coming up with a program this week for her.
We also found another family in the same city with Zoe's deletion. Apparently the chances of two children in the same city having this chromosome deletion is less than one in a million. The funny thing is, my husband went to high school with the mother. Talk about a small world. Zoe and the young girl in this family have a same karyotype. This little girl is two years older than Zoe, and very sweet, but displays many of the same behaviours as Zoe. Her mother and I met at an indoor playground in town and had a nice chat for a few hours while our children played. It was very relieving and relaxing to be able to connect with someone who knows what you're going through, and can give you advice on it. It;s so hard trying to explain to people why Zoe is the way she is, and it was very comforting to not have to for once, because this person already knew it all. I hope we can get together again sometime.
More updates to come again soon. Keep watching