A month or so ago, we had Stow re-evaluated for Early Intervention (or First Steps, or whatever the 0 to 3 early development program is called where you live). He'd been getting speech, OT, and developmental therapy before we moved, but it took a herculean effort (and several months) to get things started here in our new town. Fortunately, he improved A LOT over the 12 months of therapy he did before we moved, so I wasn't panicked about how long it took for things to fall into place here. I was actually starting to think maybe he didn't need the extra help anymore.
But, then we had the evaluations and he qualified for just about everything--weekly occupational, developmental, and behavioral therapy as well as speech and PT consults. He even got these (just today):
|Stow-approved colors and dinosaur design.|
|Proudly modeling his new AFOs (Ankle Foot Orthoses)--and, OMG, who can resist those chubby toddler legs?|
Sometimes people ask me if Stow is on the autism spectrum like his brother (this, by the way, is a rude question). Therapists sent to evaluate him always assume he isn't. Then they do their evaluations and change their minds. I don't know whether he is or not. Do I think about it? Yes. Do I worry about it? Of course. But, as our old (beloved and much missed) doctor used to say, "It doesn't matter either way. You're still going to do the same things." And, she's right. Since Sky's diagnosis, we naturally do things differently with all three kids. We offer sensory breaks and places to crash. We eat and sleep well and make sure their schedules are well-structured. We assume non-compliance doesn't necessarily mean defiance. We slow down. We listen better. We get the therapies they need when they need them. It's not always easy, and we make plenty of mistakes. But here's the thing: in the end, I know that no matter how things go for Stow (or Pink, or Sky), we're probably going to figure out how to take it in stride.
I found not one but THREE pairs of shoes (on sale!) that work well with the braces. Stow's thrilled because two of the three pairs have Planes characters on them. Sometimes I totally rock (and other times I fail miserably, so I suppose it all works out in the end).