Joshua received a visit this morning from a speech therapist and a physical therapist who work with the state's Early Intervention program. Our pediatrician recommended us to the program because of Joshua's delay in walking and speaking. They came to our home to evaluate Joshua's development level and his eligibility for the program.
At the end of two playful hours, they sat down and went over the results with us. Joshua does qualify for early intervention. He is lagging most significantly in his communication skills, especially speech. He is also behind in his gross motor skills, like walking, and in his fine motor skills, mostly related to his eating.
The first recommendation was to give Joshua a complete nutritional evaluation, including a visit with a gastrointestinal doctor, to determine if there may be a problem. They physical therapist noticed several factors that normally point to a G.I. issue. We will need to receive a referral from the pediatrician for this appointment (our next appointment is in two weeks).
In two weeks, we will meet with a service coordinator from Early Intervention to devise a six month strategy for Joshua (and to discuss all the financials). The standard plan includes a therapist coming to the home once a week, working with Joshua and teaching Darren and I howo to help Joshua during the week.
Overall, the evaluation went well, but I was a little discouraged that Joshua has fallen so far behind in so many areas. I am just thankful that we will receive the support to learn how to help him.
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