by, 03-21-2011 at 02:14 PM (1523 Views)
We have decided to go ahead and see if Matthew really needs Early Intervention. Does this mean that we feel Matthew needs it? No, not necessarily but we owe it to him to find out. Our pediatrician filed the paperwork for us and last week I met with someone.
The woman came to the house and walked me thru the process. The next step in the process is having Matthew evaluated. This will take place this Thursday in our home. I’m actually glad that they come to me so they can see him in his own environment. There will be 3 people coming (speech specialist, educational specialist and a physical therapist).
Now from what I understand a child has to have severe delays in order to be eligible for EI. We do not think he has severe delays but like I said we owe it to Matthew to find out. If it turns out these people feel he is delayed but not to the extent where he needs EI they can guide me to other places/people to help him. If they feel he is not delayed at all, well that’s even better. If he does need EI then the next step after the evaluation would be to set up a game plan to help him.
Throughout this process, we the parents are involved in every step along the way. All the meetings will take place in our home and the times will be what are good for us not the specialists (at least that’s what I was told).
Over this last week Matthew has started saying new words like thank you, good morning, tree and achoo. Granted he doesn’t pronounce them properly but it’s a start. He has started to visually recognize a car and bus and will say the words when he sees them. He definitely knows who mommy is because he’ll always point to our wedding picture that my mom has in her house and he’ll pick it up and say MAMA and give the picture a kiss. His attention span is broadening as well when it comes to watching children’s programs but we’re still working on story time.
So we’ll see what happens Thursday and take it from there.