Today was the big day that has been weighing on my mind for months. And months. Braley had his evaluation with Sooner.Start, our states early.intervention program.
First, I was super anxious for obvious reasons. But also, a few days ago, Braley started coughing a little, no big deal. Well, after his nap yesterday, he woke up and could barely breathe, he was wheezing so badly. Uggh. Off to the pedi we went, and it turns out, his airway was swollen from not being able to cough all that gunk out. He got a steroid shot, and it helped. But I was still nervous that if he wasn't feeling 100%, his evaluation would be even worse.
However, he surprised me! It took him a few minutes to warm up to them (there were two ladies evaluating him), but he engaged with them, did what they asked, etc.
Long story short, as we suspected, he is delayed in his expressive communication. Very delayed. At 19 months old (well, 18.5 adjusted - they adjusted because he was a multiple and born at 37 weeks - did not know they were going to do that) he is at an 11.5 month level for expressive communication. Insert worried momma face here : ( On a positive note, his receptive (what he understands) language was at a 22 month level, and every other thing that looked at (there were several items) he was at or above average. Bottom line? He does not meet the required 50% delay to qualify for services.
We filled out the M.CHAT (autism screening tool) again, this time taking a closer look at all the questions. He scored a 100% on it (meaning, autism is not a concern). However, as I understand it, the M.CHAT is just a screening tool. We will revisit this at 2 if he is still delayed.
They told me that they saw no red flags for abnormal development and as far as they could tell, he is a typically developing toddler. I asked point blank if they thought he would benefit from therapy and should I look in to private speech therapy? They told me they didn't think it was necessary. They are encouraged that he has made some progress in the last month (he has a few words now - up, no, hello, uh oh) and they think he will catch up on his own.
I am happy we did the evaluation. Happy the only thing he is lagging in is speech, and happy they think he will catch up on his own.
Whew. Long day. Glad it is over.
THUNDER the heck UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4 days ago