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The Long Awaited Results Are In…

I’m drained. I’m annoyed. I’m ready for bed. Why? Because I’ve just tried to record a video blog more times than I can remember, but one thing after another kept ruining it so I’ll just write this post. ;–)

Today was the big day. The results show, if you will, (lol) for my son’s evaluations. As you probably know already we’ve had four evaluations in the month of August in order to qualify or disqualify him for the therapy through the school district.

Quick recent back story….

May 2007 we got the pre-screening evaluations with the school and the results were that he would be eligible for the full evaluations come August of this year. Those few months were the longest months just sitting there in limbo.

With the Candida diet he was on for a short period of time and our own encouragement and prayers for him he actually began speaking a lot more during the summer. It was very exciting and a huge sign that he would be ok and he just needs the extra added assistance from therapy.

It did make us a little uneasy since there was a large improvement from the May prescreening to the August evaluations. We feared this would disqualify us. Even though we knew he was still very behind for his age we had no idea how strict the school would be.

After four long and in depth evaluations that now leads us to today…the 1 hour and 45 minutes results show (lol).

The good news is that …… he does qualify!! He begins this Monday! And will go Monday-Thursday for three hours each morning. He’ll be working on the areas which he needed the most help in and those will be speech, motor skills, sensory processing, and social interaction skills.

Somme of you might be wondering about the autism screening, too. He was screened for Aspersers, which is a higher functioning form of autism. On this screening there are three areas to fall under. The lowest is where you have no signs of being on the spectrum and therefore aren’t considered for it. The second is somewhere in the middle where you show characteristics, but aren’t clearly on the spectrum. And the third is where you clearly are.

Guess where he fell? You guessed it…in the middle…where we just don’t know one way or the other. I think it’s just another instance where our patience and faith are going to be exercised and that’s okay. He is on the borderline of “showing signs” and “clearly being on the spectrum”.

What the teachers would like to see happen is not to label him with anything at this time. Not to pursue any further testing and evaluations for the spectrum at this time. They’d like to see him go through the therapy already scheduled and then re-evaluate him in the coming months to a year.

I was told the therapy he’ll be receiving wouldn’t differ even if he had the diagnosis and they’re uneasy about giving him that label right now. I agree with them. He is still quite young and these “quirks” could very well be things that will be naturally worked out with the help of therapy and diet (back on the Candida diet he goes). But, I’m not blind or living in denial so I’ll continue to keep a close eye on this area.

Over all I’m feeling quite blessed and very optimistic about the path we’re on now. I feel confident in the teachers we’re working with and the school. I feel confident in our decision to work through the therapy before we go any further with the spectrum testing. And I feel confident that my son will take off like a rocket with the therapy.

He adores being in school and has enjoyed the eval’s for the most part. In fact, he didn’t want to leave the school today. So, I do know that he’ll get such a kick out of going to school, interacting with the teachers, and making new friends.

Do I wish he didn’t need therapy? Do I wish he didn’t have to go through the frustration of wanting to speak but not being able to, wanting to be tickled or kissed but not being able to handle it well, being able to just know how to handle social interaction? Certainly I do. But the fact of the matter is he does need help in those areas and now he’s going to receive that help.

Life is good right now. We needed this break … this good news. I’m looking on the bright side…it’s the only way to live and be happy in the world. :–)

Thank for all your prayers and thoughts and comments in the past posts about all of this…it has meant for me to than you could know.

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15 Comments

  1. I really think he’ll just flourish with the therapy and speech. My “Aspie” really has and he’s 7 and been doing therapy since 3 also. I’m sure your so glad and relieved to know that there is help out there for him and that he’s going to do just fine. Hugs to you!

  2. That’s great he qualified! Zachary’s in “therapy” preschool too, he goes 3 hours Tuesday Though Friday…and Monday for 2 hours. He receives speech, a LITTLE OT, as well as working with him to get him to “play” with others his age – and interact! 🙂

    He’s really enjoying it this year, DID NOT at all last year but this year’s better!

    Little steps, and I agree labeling at such a young age, especially when nothing will change, therapy wise, it’s not such a good thing! 🙂

    Many prayers, and if you want to chat, I am around – Z’s been in therapy now since he was 18 months! 🙂

  3. Nell, you know you and he are in my prayers. Just having needs you suspect confirmed can make all the difference. To have someone say, “you know what you see, what you’re talking about. Yes, he does need this extra help.” I’m so glad he’ll receive it.

    I’m thrilled to hear he was not labeled. Labels can be attached too soon. My boys weren’t dx in their preschool years and I’m glad. And we did all the things we should for them…it would have made no difference then, label or no. Well, Wil’s CP was clear along with his therapy needs. And I am not suggesting your son will be labeled later (hate that word, label, sorry to use it so much).

    I’m just trying to say you’re a fantastic, observant, loving mom. He will do well now and throughout his life because of you. {{{HUGS}}}

  4. It can be very trying when there are so many unknowns. I remember going through something similar with my own son (7 yrs ago) like it was yesterday. They were never able to tell me why, or even exactly what, and it caused me many sleepless nights.

    You’re doing all the right things, and he is such a beautiful child. And you probably already know this… but challenges are a blessing. Embrace it.

    He’s fortunate to have a mother like you!

  5. I’ve been through what you are going through, and still am. My 5 year old has Autism and my 3 year old is in the evaluation period (but the writing is on the wall).

    Praise God he got approved for the services he needs! Early intervention is soooo important, and you are getting him that. I know how stressful and scary and just plain sucky this whole process can be. I’ll be thinking of you guys and praying for you as well.

    `Arianne

  6. Nell, that is the most wonderful news, and I am so glad that you’re going to get the help that you’d hoped for. (And, I agree 100% on the labeling thing.) I’m sure you’ll see your son will outgrow a lot of this, especially with the therapy.

    I’m proud of you for being so determined to get him the help he needs. And, he’s very lucky to have such a wonderful mommy.

    ((hugs))
    Nik

  7. ((hugs mama))

    It is good that they don’t want to slap a label on him yet. After all, a label does nothing to help him. Getting him the services he needs is a far better tactic.

    As a former special education teacher, I want to remind you that YOU are the expert on your child. As you go forward you have every right to agree or disagree with the “experts” and choose the path you find most appropriate for you child. I know it must be overwhelming to even have to go through this, but you are a strong smart lady and your son is lucky to have you.

  8. You are so lucky you were wise enough to see all of this at a very young age for your son and because he is so young you can get him the help he needs. I wish him much love and support.

    Unfortunately, our son didn’t get diagnosed until age 5 so we were and have been unable to get any help with the services he needs so he goes without much of what he so desperately needs. We do what we can for him though.

    If you ever need to talk or chat or just vent. You know where to find me. 🙂

    Hugs

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