Since I last blogged the boys turned 3 and their in home therapy stopped. Oh how the boys and I miss having their teachers Miss Alison and Miss Jessica come over each day.
They learned so much from them and I was amazed at how focused the boys are and how they were able to sit at their little tables and follow instructions. Just amazing!
My biggest mistake through this process of my boys language delay has been assuming that they don’t understand as much because they’re not talking. I couldn’t have been more wrong. They understand sooooo much and these little guys are like sponges!
So since the in-home therapy stopped I really hoped I could pick up and continue a little bit of the things I learned from their teachers here at home. It’s been challenging…..boys had 2 1/2 weeks of being sick on and off and then trying to find one on one time with them to teach them is also not easy.
I have to find small moments throughout the day to do little learning activities with them. The one on one isn’t happening as much as I’d like.
So now what? The boys have Psychological Evaluations scheduled ( Caden had his last week) and are being done to help diagnose the boys. The outcome of this evaluation will determine how much help the school district can provide for our boys. Once determined we as parents meet with the school to determine the boys Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).
I have to admit that the thought of my boys being diagnosed with Autism is overwhelming and makes my heart sad. I have dreaded having this evaluation and yet at the same time have tried to prepare myself for it.
During Caden’s evaluation the psychologist observed Caden, interacted with him and asked me tons of questions. I really wasn’t expecting any results that day and was taken aback when the Dr. said, “Mrs. Barber, I don’t normally do this in the middle of an evaluation but as far as I can see from my observations and in talking with you Caden is NOT Autistic.”
I was speechless. I had emotions rise up but tried to keep them in check. Relief washed over me and I felt like I could breathe again. He proceeded to say that he feels that with Caden we are dealing with delayed language development and so the help the school district can provide would be speech therapy.
When I got to my car I called my husband to tell him the news. It was then that I broke down in tears to tell him that that Caden is not autistic. My husband burst out in sobs as I shared the news. Relief and thankfulness to God was what he felt as well. Caden has been the one we have worried about the most. He has show more signs of delay in other areas of development as well and so hearing that he didn’t have the diagnosis we thought he might have was an amazing and wonderful thing for us.
I’ll have more to share in the next couple of weeks as Dylan has his evaluation and as we meet with the school district. Thank you all for your prayers, encouraging words and the way you love our boys.
We love and appreciate you all so much!