Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My goodness...

Emma's OT eval was this morning. It was pretty obvious without an eval that she would qualify, but the bureaucracy of the system left us sitting in a school 30 minutes away for an hour and a half this morning. Emma was her true self- refused to participate at all in the beginning then decided it wasn't so bad but continued to pretty much throw everything over her shoulder the remainder of the time. She was interested in a Disney board book and flipped through that a bit and also liked the pegs and peg board until she threw them too.

But... she officially qualifies... :) In July she scored at a 9 month level and today in "feeding" scored at 12 months 'with delays'. Considering she's gone from exclusively bottles to REAL food in the past 2 months I'm thinking this area she might progress rather well in... but of course there are big delays still. With OT skills she was at an 18 months with delays. Not too bad considering she did NOTHING just a year ago and has been through so much since coming home. I think that the OT doing the eval might have thought I'd be surprised to see these scores- but no, first off I realize these aren't an ACTUAL measurement, they're just an evaluation based on one day's approach in a new setting with a new person... Of course they're going to be low! I also know that Emma is nowhere near her ACTUAL age level because, goodness, she's nowhere near doing what other 6 year olds are doing- even those with Down syndrome.

She's making quick gains, she's healthy, she's happy, and her little personality is as strong as ever, so it doesn't bother me one bit to see what numbers they put next to her to show what she did for them one day.

It's actually the fact that it took 2 1/2 hours to do that makes me go **sigh** :) :)

1 comment:

  1. Way to go, Emma! I think you have made amazing progress in just a year! I understand that numbers and age ranges are necessary for services, but they are not a representative of who a child is or what they are capable of! Can't wait to hear all that Emma continues to learn and do!