Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Peace of Mind

Friday afternoon, Baby was evaluated by Early Intervention to see whether he would qualify for services for his speech (or lack thereof).

Honestly? I was 50-50 as to whether he would qualify. Part of me was anxious about his low number of words, but then another part of me knew that it could just very well be a case of "I'm the Baby and I don't need to talk to have my demands met". So I was totally on the fence, but wanted, no, needed, to find out for sure.

A team of 3 women came to the house. After MOUNDS of paperwork (no joke), Baby was put to the test. It was intriguing, exciting and pretty damn delightful to watch him being evaluated.

The timing was PERFECT (after lunchtime, but long enough before naptime), so Baby was, not to brag, totally on his game. He was receptive, he was engaged, and he was engaging right back. (Ok, I totally just bragged.) I was a proud momma, with a little guilt thrown in for having NO idea of all his capabilities...

It turns out that Baby is behind, for his age. But only a little. Not enough to qualify for services. He's 3 months behind in "expressive language" and 2 months behind in "receptive language". His fine motor, gross motor, social and self-care skills were all above his 25-month age level. A pretty textbook case of "third child syndrome".

So there is nothing to worry about.

Until the next big worry comes along, that is...

"Motherhood isn't a seasonal thing; it blooms all year." Author Kathryn Livingston

15 comments:

Cherann said...

Is it costly to get this evaluation?

tulipmom said...

I'm so glad to hear there's nothing to worry about. That was my initial guess from the title of your post. When you described the testing as "delightful," I knew everything was fine, even before I finished reading.

Jenn said...

Nothing to worry about...hahaha.

You're a mom; worry is built within.

But am glad that the assessment could cross that particular worry off your list.

And LOVE the new look.

Blue Momma said...

First, I love your tag line!!

I'm glad the evaluation went well. We never had an evaluation, but were quite worried about my son as he was quite slow at beginning to speak. Once he did he used very few words and they were few and far between.

He is nearly three now and never. shuts. up. It's like one day a dam broke and out came the words. He was just holding it all in and letting it build! I think he has a bigger vocabulary than his daddy now. He certainly knows more dinosaur names than both of us!

slouching mom said...

Oh that's good news. I must say I expected to hear it.

Amanda said...

In a continuing trend today, I'll echo the commenter before me, I did expect this, but breathe a sigh of relief with you just the same. Now back to those Red Sox lovin' buns, my goodness!

Annie said...

Great news.

pinks & blues girls said...

How cute that he was totally on his game. You have every right to brag about that little cutie!

Jane, P&B Girls

Mrs. Chicky said...

That's all wonderful news! Well, for the most part. He'll catch up soon enough. And now you know for certain that he is just as smart as he is cute!

Love the new site design, btw.

Shauna Loves Chocolate said...

Great news!
Love the photos on the previous post, too!

Happy Homemaker said...

What a great momma!

Feener said...

glad to hear all is well, i LOVED the early intervention, i got it for sass about a year ago thinking her speech (meanwhile she doesn't shut up), but they asked other questions and said they would also send someone for her motor skills, wound up she did have some problems with motor skills - nothing that qualified us, but they gave some great tips and i didn't feel funny being so cautious about her running around ...sorry one big run on

ewe are here said...

I'm glad your wee one checked out ok.... but I'm sure you'll still worry a bit... it's what we do!

Tracy said...

You just totally set my mind at ease. My son is also a third child and he doesn't do a lot of talking either. It certainly doesn't help that he has two sisters that talk for him all the time either. I'm glad your baby did a great job!

Kila said...

Good for you for having this done. Isn't it a relief just to KNOW how he's doing? Sounds like he'll be fine!

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