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I was wondering if you could give me some advice. Billy has a severe speech delay and is behind developmentally with his social skills. What can I expect from a speech and developmental eval? I am having them done separately. Is there anything I should do to prepare beforehand?
From my experience, the developmental eval was watching the therapist play with A.J. Seeing how A.J interacted with the therapist. They watched his eye contact,etc.. Same goes with speech. The therapist looked closely at his mouth and how he babbled and how his tongue moved,etc..
I would write down notes before the appointment about his developmental progress. Like how was your pregnancy, how was Billy's birth, how was he like when he was a newborn, how is his eye contact, when did he start to sitting up, crawling, walking, when did he speak his first words, Any kind of medical history like how often he was sick, any medications,etc..
Thanks so much for the advice. Hubby and I were hoping he would catch up when he turned 3 since so many people said their kids did, but he is not progressing like he should. Hubby finally agreed to have him evaluated. It is really difficult for him to admit his son is delayed.
It is hard. My husband is the same way. He still thinks A.J does not have Autism since he isn't like what he thinks Autism looks like.. What's important is he is getting help. It's been a year since A.J's diagnosis and he has already made huge improvement. His words are slowly coming, he is getting better with social skills (starting to play with kids his age), his fine motor skills are amazing. He gets therapy at preschool and at home.. Poor boy can't get away from it.. lol I can't wait until the day he can talk to me because he has a amazing memory.
I hope Billy gets the help he needs. Whats great is your catching it when he is young and his mind is easily trainable verses 2-3 years from now when he is set in his ways..
I finally told my husband, "Look. He is still not progressing like he should be. Do you want to wait until he is in school to get help and have him start out behind or do you want him getting help now? Think of it as tutoring." When I put it that way, hubby was very open to it.
Plus we agreed that if the preschool teacher recommended it then we would get Billy evaluated. Well, we asked his preschool teacher and she said it would be a good idea.
What is also good, is if you get help now Billy's mind is easy to redirect at this age. As he gets older, he will get set in his ways and it will take even twice as long to retrain his mind. That's why in the Autistic community it's important to get a early diagnosis. Ideally at age 2 is the best or younger.. They say at age 4 + it gets harder due to they get set in their ways.. I'm glad to hear your taking the next step..
Last edited by Adriana's Mommy; February 1st, 2013 at 05:19 PM.