A Safe Place

A-M, our Early Intervention (EI) coordinator, emailed me today saying she had shown my videos I sent to her (four different ones of Ace tantruming, ranging from seven months old to last week) to some colleagues and that she had someone who wanted to meet with me.  This turned out to be B, who is a Behavioral Specialist.

B called and said she was going out of town tomorrow, and could meet with me right away at our house if I was available.  Not wanting to have to wait another week, I said OK and had 1/2 hour to get cleaned up and ready.  K (the nanny) was here, so that was a great help — she got the house straightened and watched the boys while I wrapped up some work stuff and then got showered. Continue reading »

My Little Wildcat

Ace has been having a heck of a time lately.  I’ve posted before about my concerns about him and his “fits” or tantrums, and I’ve worried for a very long time.  We briefly pursued OT but stopped when the therapist acted like there was nothing wrong with him and made me feel foolish for being there, and then we started getting billed hundreds of dollars for what I had thought was covered by insurance and other programs. Continue reading »

Early Intervention Update Part I

Ace hasn’t been to any Early Intervention (EI) services since late November.  Not because I am a bad mother, but because the very same people who evaluated him and decided he had some issues to work on were making me feel like I was wasting their time taking him to be seen.  I should re-word that, as no one can MAKE me feel anything, but that was how I was feeling nonetheless.

He was not cooperating with the massage therapist at ALL, so that was really just a frustrating struggle.  I was taking him to OT at the Children’s Neurodevelopmental Program, and on the second visit, she asked me if I felt like he needed to be seen and kept commenting on how great he was doing.  His behavior seems to ebb and flow, and he was having a good day at that time, so I kind of stammered, “I dunno, yeah, he’s doing great!” and that was the last time he was seen there. Continue reading »

Early Intervention

I have been trying to write this post for a week now.  I wish I could either cut out some of the things I need to do each day, or somehow find more hours in the day.

Anyhow…  I took Ace to the Childhood Development Clinic on September 4th for an evaluation.  He did great in most areas — testing at his adjusted age, if not his chronological age — and even excelled in social/emotional, where he was evaluated to be at an 11 month level.  :)  His expressive communication, however, was evaluated to be at the level of a 3 month old.  :( Continue reading »