California Trip; Nationals and John Tracy Clinic

I have neglected to write about our California trip, which occurred back in early May. I think it just got lost in the graduation momentum, moving us all forward and out and away.

Slightly less than two months ago, Ethan, Chris, Josh and I boarded a plane to  LA during the first week in May. My oldest brother used to live in LA and we visited quite a bit when I was a teen. I am not a fan of LA so what could bring me to LA again, outside of a business trip to UCLA in 2008? Well, Ethan qualify for the USA Men’s Gymnastics National Meet, which was held in Long Beach this year and the John Tracy Clinic. That’s what.

As far as the meet goes, Ethan was happy with his performance and managed to compete in every event, hence an all around gymnast. The more you advance in this sport, the harder it is to compete in every event due to compounding injuries. It is a pretty harsh sport on the body. Anyway, at the meet I didn’t have the best seat location to film Ethan on many events. I did film him on parallel bars but he was very nervous and it wasn’t his best performance, so I won’t post that film. I cannot for the life of me seem to keep him in the camera when he is on floor. The same issue applies to vault. I find horse incredibly boring and can hardly keep awake during the event, so I don’t film it. Why would I want to ever relive it? I no longer film him on rings. I filmed him once on rings and he experienced the scariest fall that I’ve ever seen (I am sure he’s had many more to equal this one, but I hardly ever see him practice). He fell from that tall ring stacks down to his face–straight down–at a meet in San Francisco a few years back. So, all I have from Nationals is his high bar routine.

At the same time that Ethan was competing, Chris took Josh to the John Tracy Clinic–Long Beach location. By the time we knew we were heading to Long Beach in mid-April (when Regionals, the Nationals qualifier was held), JTC–Long Beach’s audiologist only had one opening left and it was right in the middle of Ethan’s competition. Sigh. So I couldn’t go. If any of you don’t know, JTC provides all of their services free to pre-school aged children with hearing loss. If you are ever looking for a worthy place to donate some money, this would be one for sure.

Chris said that the audiologist did a fantastic job testing Josh. Preschool-aged kids are all they do and they have it down. His audiologist confirmed that Josh has a pure conductive loss (not mixed). Over this past year, we’ve had some concern (mostly stemming from the school audiologist) that there was a sensorineural component to Josh’s hearing loss; also some concern that it was progressing. JTC’s testing, however, closely matched Josh’s ABR results from one year earlier. They didn’t provide us with tons of new information, but it was reassuring to have another chart showing mild to moderate, reversed slope, conductive loss–slightly worse in left than right year. Possible occlusion of left ear, as we’ve never had normal tympanogram on the left. Even with tubes, it only shows .2 volume.

Two days later, we drove to the main JTC clinic in LA. We toured the facilities, and yes, I am fired up to attend the preschool summer program in 2012! We also met the woman who has been on the other end of our infant/parent correspondence course for the past ten months. She brought us into the family model room, which is set up like a small house. She spent an hour modeling ways to use everyday household happenings to help encourage Josh’s language development. The most important thing that came out of the model house was that Ethan finally realized that he was a key player in helping his brother acquire language skills.

Ethan is a man of as few words as he can get by with. I told Hannah last night, via Skype, that I missed having her around because my other two children don’t talk. I do see Ethan making attempts, however, to talk with Josh now. Since leaving JTC, Ethan has taught Josh some very useful words, such as Chow Mein, Russia, shoelace, and monster. Josh’s favorite expression over the last month is “Oh Man” no doubt thanks to Ethan as well. Yes, Josh cannot or does not say “Uh oh” when food drops on the floor or the ball rolls across the street. Instead, it is “oh man” with loads of inflection. I can’t wait for Josh to say “cat (so far, he cannot make the “k” or “g” sounds), star (working on this one forever–it keeps coming out as “erse”) and bye, bye (still ba ba)” but hey, he can say “Russia,” so why am I complaining. I’ve now decided that if I want Josh to say a word, it needs to come from Ethan first.

Finally, the boys had lots of fun at the ocean, on the infamous Muscle Beach, and at our hotel pool. Here are some pictures from that trip, long overdue.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

1 comment
  1. Leah said:

    What an amazing trip! Oh, I miss John Tracy. Do the summer program. You will never, never regret it. It was the most amazing thing we ever did, and it helped us (and Nolan) so very much. Nolan’s FM system is thanks to their help! As a side note, we have a lot of trouble with the “back” sounds, too (K and G) – they are later developing and are a bit tougher to say. We finally are getting “CAT” with prompting, but until recently it always came out as “Tat!”

    I love the gymnastics competitions – kudos to Ethan for working so hard to achieve success!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


The best longform stories on the web

The Astronaut Wife

to the moon and back


True tales over 50

Ask the Agent

Night Thoughts of a Literary Agent

Ramblings of a Gifted Teacher

Ramblings from one Gifted Education Teacher to Teachers, Parents, and Advocates

Reclaiming Beautiful

Reclaiming the beauty in anything and everything


Lifestyle | Beauty | Fashion | Travel | DIY |


Literary Journal

the roll top desk

daily prompts and activities for writers, writing teachers, and students

Weird City

a literary magazine

Lightning Droplets

Little flecks of inspiration and creativity

the poet's billow

a resource for moving poetry

Veracious Poet

~ Self Realization

Sara in LaLaLand

Welcome to my world.


me, moments & memories

Rich and Alice Go Globetrotting

Our Retirement Travel Awesomeness

about CHANCE

365 days of embracing the unknown... because frankly the know-it-all approach is exhausting.

Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50

Navigating the second half of my life

Empty Nest Man

It's Time to Reinvent Yourself.


A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress, collected for you by humans who love to read.


Poems & Essays by Christine Kouwenhoven

Emmanuel's Light

FYI Divorce

Family law and the court system is complicated, get your divorce questions answered by a straight shooter. Topics covered include: The Truth About Attorneys, Divorce Emotions, Types of Divorces, Domestic Violence and more. There are too many biased resources out there, start reading for the real life inside scoop before you file for divorce, during your divorce and after your divorce.


Mindfulness, Spontaneity and Authenticity

Writer To Writers

Creating a Collaborative Anthology

susan d abello

Painting pictures with words, sharing vignettes of a colorful life.


A place where books and imaginations spring into life

Another Good Dog™

Our adventures as a foster dog family

SCTCC Tiny House Project

Go tiny, and go home!

Blog about Mexico's Must Have Seen

Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cenotes, Sian Ka'an, Cozumel, Bacalar, Mahahual, Monterrey...

Suzanne Strempek Shea

Writing, Art, Animals, Earth


by Evelina Di Lauro

rae pagliarulo

: writer : editor :


Wonders of the Near North

Writers Envy

My Pen Writes Of You When I Write Of Me

Storm Cellar

A literary journal of safety and danger

Iris Graville

Writer. Book artist. Quaker. Believes everyone has a story to tell.


“Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” - Mary Schmich


Tigers not daughters

Publication Advisors

Help With Publishing


#love #peace #ppl #happiness #hardwork #paidsoff

Selected Essays and Squibs by Joseph Suglia

The Web log of Dr. Joseph Suglia

The Funky Little Chair

Dedicated to the preservation of top-quality upholstery education and services.

%d bloggers like this: