He’s In

PJ’s evaluation this morning lasted about two hours, and by some miracle we were all up, dressed, and ready to go by eight this morning when they showed up.  I even had make-up on.  I am so taking a nap this afternoon.

The good news is that he will be receiving help.  The better news is that he is actually ahead of the game in the social area–seriously, how did that happen?  It’s certainly not genetic, and it’s not as though he gets much peer interaction.

The bad news is that he qualified all too easily for services.  He came in at a 17-month level in the area of cognition (remember he’s 28 months old).  Most of the problems there were related to his speech, though; they don’t really think he’s that far behind in most of his thinking.  What they saw from his language skills, too, came in somewhere between 12 and 18 months.  That one was harder to tell as well because he does do some things near his age level, but so many are still so far behind.

I actually fought tears a little bit when I heard the results.  I knew he was behind, but I was guessing they were going to tell me he was at about a 20-month level.  To think he’s at least a year behind, if not more, is a little scary.

But he’s getting help now.  For the moment they will come work with him once a week.  They also gave me a whole list of things to do at home to make the sessions help just that much more.  It’s going to be difficult to make all those changes in how our most basic interactions work, but they will be worth it.  With any luck, we should start seeing massive improvements within the next few months.  I’ll keep you updated (how could I not?).

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3 Responses to He’s In

  1. Chas says:

    I’m glad you now know for sure. He’s going to be just fine. Give him a year or two and you’ll probably forget that he was ever behind.

  2. Erin says:

    Don’t worry too much. My friend has triplet boys, they were born at 30 weeks and they are also receiving help. The best thing is that they are just needing a little bit of extra one on one time with a professional so that they will be right on time when they get to school. This is great news! Plus you won’t have to pay for pre-school if your school district has any kinds of programs!

  3. erin says:

    At least now you know for sure and he’s going to get some help. He’s going to be just fine 🙂 I’m sure he’ll catch up quickly and like Chas says, in a while you’ll forget that he was ever behind.

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