Adhruth Yagyaraman

Born To Win…

G Tube – Our family friend September 20, 2016

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G Tube has been a great blessing. 1st November 2013 was the big day for us, whenΒ Adhruth got his G Tube. For someone who does not eat easily like Adhruth, this is an amazing device. I thought what would Adhruth tell about G Tube and came up with this Β πŸ™‚


Medicine Lake Park & Apple Farm September 16, 2016

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What happens when we go for a Playground with Park and a Camera in hand. Lots of pictures and video. That is what happened this weekend.

Adhruth likes playing a lot now and is more energetic and happy with new slides. This was our first visit to Medicine Lake Park and Adhruth was very happy to be there. He was very comfortable and it was not as if it was his first day there. He liked it very much that we visited the place again the next day.

Summer is gone and its FallΒ in Minneapolis and it is Apple plucking season. We went to Aamodt’s Apple Farm in Stillwater. It is fun to see this place and Adhruth liked it more as there is more play Slides there.

Its interesting to compare the pictures from previous visit :-).Β Video is followed by lots of photos.

2015 – Apple Farm Visit

2014 – Apple Farm Visit


Ganesha Chathurthi September 5, 2016

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It is Lord Ganesha’s birthday and time for Celebration :-). Madhu’s parents are here in Minneapolis and Adhruth is having fun time with Grand Parents around. Here is pics of our Ganesha Chathurthi celebrations… After a long time, took some good close up shots of Adhruth in our house.


Niagara, Niagara, Niagara August 17, 2016

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That time of the year when we plan for a Trip. Yes – It is Subhashree and my Birthday week last week and finally we visited Niagara after lot of planning. Decided we will not even think of driving from Minneapolis and booked flight tickets. Not much of direct flights and took the flight from Minneapolis on Thursday night and reached Buffalo by mid night (an hour ahead from Minneapolis).

By the time we settled down it was close to 1 AM. Slept till 8 AM in the morning and started our drive to see Niagara. Buying Discovery Pass ahead of time online helped to get the tickets in hand. Walked from the Visitor Ceter and entered the Niagara Park.

It was a majestic view of the falls in front of the eyes. Initially heard Friday, Saturday will be crowded as illumination happens at night. But the hot and humid weather kept many people out I think. There was no wait for us to get to the Observation center and go down in the lift and get into the boat for Maid of the Mist trip. I have to agree one thing – I have seen many pictures with blue coat over people but did not imagine how wet it would be. Until we experience, the wetness, it is hard to imagine. But in that trip the view of the falls was the best. Majestic water falls in full view and water from the falls making us wet. We did not have Visa to enter the Canada side and hence this was the best view.

We were back in the Park in the evening and Adhruth enjoyed walking and playing in the grass. Looking at the Color of the Sky during Sunset was an experience. It was followed by Illumination of the falls. Lights focussed on the walls made it colorful and words cannot explain the experience.

Next day, we did some shopping and had South Indian food in Chennai Express restaurant. Bisibele bath and the spicy Chilli pagoda brought tears in eyes :-). Our flight back to Minneapolis was on Sunday morning and that helped us to recover from quick trip to get ready for Monday.

Oh. Not to leave this out – second tooth is down for Adhruth in this trip πŸ™‚


Weekend trip to Duluth July 31, 2016

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Our very first trip out of Minneapolis was to Duluth in August 2013. After 3 years, we decided to make a weekend trip to Duluth in the end of July. We thought starting from Home by Friday afternoon will make it easy but the road work on the way slowed us a bit, but reached duluth by evening. Visited Split Rock lighthouse on Saturday morning – what a beautiful view of Lake Superior. From there, we headed to Scenic Rail Road train ride. Only after we boarded the Train, realized this was Adhruth’s first ever rail raid. Adhruth enjoyed the ride very well. He stood on the seat and watched things going by fast. Walked in the Downtown Duluth next morning and did some shopping before heading back to Minneapolis.


Getting started with In-Home Therapy July 28, 2016

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Adhruth has always amazed us on how quickly he adapts to new things. Initially we were worried about him getting ready for School at 7 AM, then it was about him taking a Bus to the School (with an aid), then it was about long day at School as we moved to Cliffs. Everytime, we were worried, Adhruth overcame things very easily and adapted to new changes pretty quick. Here is another HUGE change – this time not just for him but also for Madhu.

Late last year, after official diagnosis of Autism, we started getting Adhruth eligible for Minnesota State Insurance. Autism is considered a disability for insurance and providing Home Based Therapy services. Along with that, we were working on multiple Therapy organizations to receive Services. We received MN TEFRA approval and Insurance details within 4 months.

After around 8 months of working with 3 different Therapy providers, finally we got started with Behavior Therapy Solutions from June 1st of 2016 for ABA Therapy Services. Adhruth finished his School year on June 9th and we are fully into Home Therapy for 2 months.

Based on Doctor recommendation, Adhruth will be provided 35-40 hours of Therapy services at Home. Adhruth has a Team of Behavior Therapist, Senior Behavior Therapist, Treatment Supervisors. Initial month was for the Therapist to get familiar with Adhruth, his routine, likes and dislikes and doing things that he likes the most (not to forget to mention, they take him out for a walk during sessions in his wagon / bike and that is the most loved part for Adhruth)

Morning Sessions goes from 8:30 – Noon and afternoon Session from 12:30 to 4:30. Two different therapists will come for a day. Currently Adhruth has all 5 morning sessions and 2 days afternoon sessions.

Here comes the part we were worried about – how will Adhruth do with new people coming to the house, how will he get used to this routine, he is used to taking nap in the afternoon – how can he do full day sessions, does he have enough energy to do full day sessions, will this benefit him, how do we change his feeding routine to get used to this, this meant 2 people (strangers to begin with) will always be at home with us and how to get used to that and so on. This is just few questions out of our big intelligent mind.

Adhruth, in his own way surprised us in all aspects. He loves the Team of Therapists – in fact looks forward to meeting them everyday. He loves to take bath, get ready early (since his School prior was at 11, we can do things slow) and be prepared. Eats food in break and before and end of sessions. Nap – oh that is not needed and instead playing and following Therapists demands is good. In the last 2 months (ok, 2 more days to go) – we had to cancel only 2 sessions (in the last minute) as Adhruth slept.

Adhruth has started following their demands and Therapists think he is doing much better than what they thought of. Also, on the lighter side, he is more interested to follow Therapist demands but play around ours πŸ™‚ He knows the difference between Therapists and parents πŸ™‚

We are looking forward to continue Home based ABA Therapy instead of next School Year. When Adhruth loves the process and puts effort – results will come. Looking forward for more surprises from Adhruth and he has always exceeded our expectations πŸ™‚


Madison Trip June 13, 2016

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For Memorial Day long weekend, we headed toΒ Madison. Though we have been there once, this time wasΒ with Parents. Adhruth enjoyed the trip and was happy there. Here are some pictures of the trip.


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