|Dr. Lucy Jane Miller PhD, OTR/L signing books.|
If you haven't red the first two posts, I encourage you to start there -- they are below this one.
5:30am hit again.
This time, I was not so eager to get out of bed. I was plotting in my head how to sneak out of the conference to take a nap. Logistically, that was harder than getting my three kids to three different schools every day, so it didn’t happen.
But as I squished my now bruised feet back into my heels for a third day, I did have one plan: Find time to talk with Dr. Miller.
I arrived at the hotel once again and was greeted by the now highly anticipated breakfast buffet, which I supplemented with some hot tea and honey. I was tired, my throat was scratchy (from talking too much, I know, you’re shocked) and I was afraid that the lack of sleep was catching up with me by way of a cold. But, this day had some great speakers, and I wasn't going to miss them!
|Standing room only for Dr. Stobbe's talk -- first |
time I had heard someone talk about development
over the life span that actually applied to my son.
During Dr. Stobbe's talk I sat next to a wonderful Occupational Therapy student from Australia. I tried inviting her to come live with us and be our nanny, but as luck would have it she seems convinced that she is going to be an Occupational Therapist. I did tell her if she ever wanted to do an internship here in Seattle, she could stay with me. That would rock. So if you are reading this, the offer still stands: email me.
After that session, they reminded us of the raffle they were holding. Tons of amazing things were up for grabs, like a SPIO suit, an iLS Kick Start set, autographed books and games, plus a dozen more things were up for raffle. I decided to head over to the SPD Foundation’s table to scope it out.
Dr. Miller’s husband was there, and when I asked him how much tickets were, he said $1 each or 25 for $20. I pulled a twenty out of my wallet and handed it to him with a smile. Once I had my tickets in hand, I got to choose which of the giveaways I wanted to enter. I put a couple in the SPIO suit, gave one to my friend Emma who tried for the iLS Kick Start (but there were TONS already in there), put a few in the sensory game bag, and then dropped the remainder in “Lunch with Lucy”. Because that was the one I wanted the most.
After the next break, I was just leaving the exhibitor area to grab a seat in one of the lectures, when I watched as Carrie and Michelle, one of the conference coordinators, walk out of their respective ‘Tracks’ and met in the hallway.
“The winner wasn’t in my room,” said Carrie.
“Mine either,” said Michelle, “Maybe they stepped out?”
“Maybe I won.” I throw in casually while drinking my tea.
“You have to buy tickets and enter.” Carrie said with a smile and a touch of sarcasm.
“I did.” I laugh.
I pull my tickets out of my purse, as they read off the winning ticket number to me.
“Yep, that’s me.” I say excited to see what I won.
They both look surprised.
“You won Lunch with Lucy.” Michelle says. “Here is the menu, make your selection.”
Outside I was cool. Inside was feeling like a tequila-induced-dancing-on-the-tables-celebration. But I casually marked the turkey club on the menu and handed it back to Michelle. I am pretty sure my ear-to-ear grin gave away my excitement. But maybe not....
Before I could make it to lunch, I checked the raffle table. I won the SPIO suit too. Can you believe it? I was totally livin' right that day. I am never this lucky!
Lunch came quickly, and I joined Dr. Miller down on the second floor in a private room with a view of the neighboring shops. It was cool and cloudy outside, but the floor to ceiling windows gave the room charm.
Integrated Listening Systems (iLS), but to be completely frank, the room was so full there were people sitting on the ground in between the tables and chairs, they were lined standing up around the back and sides of the room, and there wasn’t much room for me. I listened to as much as I could then bowed out to make room for others.
When the lecture let out, the iLS table in the exhibitor’s room was bombarded with parents and therapist all eager to try out their system. It was a real rush of excitement as everyone was clamoring to learn more about a therapy that could benefit so many kids.
|Dr. Minson's iLS lecture (and that's Emma|
in the red shirt there -- Hi Emma!!)