A family's story

Few Words Wednesday

Hey everyone…I’m still alive…just incredibly busy. We have had a very busy October between IEP meetings, Hubz coordinating the Cub Scout popcorn sales for the first time ever (what a headache!!), my co-chairing the Red Ribbon Week Committee at the boys’ school, and preparation for Halloween Parties.

Today I am taking Cole to the district’s Preschool Screening. His preschool teacher mentioned that he struggles a bit with writing and coloring. At home I know that he rarely chooses to do any activities with crayons/pencils/markers/etc. He’d rather play with blocks, Legos, etc. I know that his fine motor is ok because he does Legos well (the real Legos, not just Duplos), but I want to have it checked out. Plus, I am slightly concerned about his annunciation/pronunciation. To be quite honest, I have no solid bar to judge it against, and I don’t know if his errors are age-appropriate or not…so, I figure a speech eval will be beneficial, too.

While I filled out the parent questionnaire yesterday, I was amazed by how many of the “problem” areas that I would have checked for my other boys are not an issue for Cole. That made me feel good…and a little sad, as my older two guys have always had a few struggles. Cole also met his milestones on time, if not early, due to his adjusted age for prematurity. He’s always been ahead of the curve. I often tease that he is “three going on nine”. In his mind, whatever Jake can do, he can do as well, if not better. I guess it has been a positive for him.

At the end of the questionnaire, there is a small section that asks if anyone else in the family has been diagnosed with:

-Autism

-ADD/ADHD/Hyperactivity

-Developmental Delay

-Speech impairment

-Mood disorder

And it asks if anyone in the family has:

-Received counseling

-Attended special education classes

-Received therapy/intervention services

It gave me 2 little lines to “if yes, explain”. I joked with Hubz that I needed at least a 5 page appendix to explain our older two boys…and that would just be a very, very brief overview. Instead, I was limited to two measly lines. As a verbose person who tends to be loquacious, I struggled. I settled on the following: Cole’s oldest brother, Jake, has been in speech therapy since age 4. He also has an ADHD-combined type dx with a specific math learning disability. His older brother, Tate, has an Autism dx, with co-morbid ADHD. He was in EI prior to age three, and has been in special education since his third birthday. He also receives speech, OT, PT, and ABA therapy.

I am fairly certain that I will know a few of the therapists doing evaluations. I hope that I am just covering my bases, and that if Cole needs any therapy, that it will be minimal and relatively painless. I can handle 30 minutes of speech twice a week. Of course, being a mom of special needs children, I always have that nagging voice in the back of my head that wonders if there’s something more going on that I’m just not attuned to seeing.

Wish us luck!!

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Comments on: "Few Words Wednesday" (6)

  1. lol @ few words.
    Definitely good luck!

  2. Oy. I totally get this. I have questions about my third as well and I’m all, I DON’T KNOW WHAT TYPICAL LOOKS LIKE SO I CAN’T TELL IF HE IS!!!! Sorry for shouting. I’m a wee bit frustrated about the whole thing these days. I hope the evaluation goes well!

    Also? This: “As a verbose person who tends to be loquacious…” LOVE it.

  3. I hope it goes well too! I think you know more than you give yourself credit for. Try to take a moment to breathe! You sound sooo busy! Sending hugs and good thoughts your way. 🙂

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