Friday, February 02, 2007

Development

I've been trying since Little One was placed with me to have him evaluated for developmental delays/concerns. He has made HUGE progress since then, but I knew he was still behind in areas. The cw didn't feel he needed to be evaluated any longer, which I never knew until she told me that her supervisor still thought he should be and that she would be referring him. I thought it was a done deal. Oh well, at least he was going to be referred. Last night the intake coordinator for Child and Family Connections, who link families to therapies, scheduled Little One's intake and developmental screening at the same time. That way they could both come and get done what they needed without taking too much time from us since I work during the day. They are so nice. I worked with them in the past for another little girl who was with me. I also had Braeden evaluated when he was young, mostly because I was starting to see some toe walking behavior, which his brother and sister have issues with. He flew by the charts and didn't require any therapy. The PT gave me some ideas for his toe tendency, but she wasn't concerned at the time. He does fine now.

Anyway, last night they came for Little One's eval and intake. He doesn't qualify due to gross motor issues because he has made such progress there. He has made a lot of progress in other areas as well, but does qualify for DT, developmental therapy, due to lack of linking words to objects, speech, etc. They also want him tested by an OT, occupational therapist, but that will be more difficult as we don't have any in the area right now with openings and they have five others who qualify, who are not "state kids." He qualifies for OT due to some fine motor delays. BUT, the DT will have ideas for me to work on things with him to meet those which will be great. They already gave me some ideas last night, so we're off on a good start.

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!


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