Dylan had his One Year Evaluation with our Early Intervention Team yesterday. He did very well and has made some really nice progress. Actually, he has met all but one of his goals that we had set for him back in January or February orrr whenever our last eval was. It is probably no big surprise that the goal he did not meet was his feeding goal. I think it went something like this: "Dylan will be completely weaned off breastfeeding and will be eating solid food.". Umm...not quite. Eh, we'll just keep on keeping on with that one, right? But really, I could not have been more pleased with how it all went. The Team respected my wishes to focus on Dylan's progress rather than be given a "score" at the end of it all correlating to the age at which he is working at. And again, it's not that I am in denial here (although I do admit he is quite the superstar, ha!), it's just that I know myself. And I know that I would not have done as well if I had to hear that he is really functioning as a "x" month old. We do better comparing Dylan with Dylan. That's it.
So, I decided to ask our service coordinator if it would be possible for us to start speech services in the next few months. They told me the same thing that they've been telling me all along - that I am "already working on speech with Dylan every day just by talking with him and playing with him" and that even though "he receives OT and PT, they are also actually incorporating speech with him with what they are already doing". While I do understand this, I am not 100% convinced. I mean, I would kinda sorta prefer someone who specializes in speech to be working with my son. But then again, what do I know? In any case, they said that they would put in for a consult. That way, the speech therapist will come out and will evaluate whether or not it is appropriate for Dylan to begin receiving ST services. I'll be curious to see what happens...
Be honest with me here - am I out of line to suggest starting speech at this age? Will it be "worth it"? I mean, if nothing else, it won't hurt, right? It's just that speech is a big concern of mine and I know that many kiddos with Ds struggle with it. I just want so badly to give Dylan every opportunity that I can. I do not want to look back in a few years and wish that I had done something sooner, you know? But then again, I also do not want to bombard Dylan with a zillion therapies...bahhh.
Shoot. Again with the manual. Where did you say it was??