Thursday, June 28, 2012

Connor's Swim and Update on Twins

Oh my. The water was ridiculously cold at Connor's swim lesson yesterday. He actually ended 15 minutes early - which is crazy considering his lessons are 30 minutes. We're just going to add the time to another lesson.

Above: The bottom row is what Aiden, Isabella, and I did while Connor, Daddy, and Miss Erica swam!

I spoke with an ALTA Intake Counselor last week and went over everything with the twins. I gave her a complete history from the time they were baking in my belly to now. She listened, took notes, and then explained the process to me. She didn't think they'd qualify - given that they have to show 1/3 + one month (for prematurity) delays. I was happy in a lot of ways because she seemed to think that their delays, while still delays, were in the typical range. She explained that a service coordinator would call me in order to begin the referral process.

Finally, yesterday I spoke with a service coordinator. She explained that she had reviewed their records and was most concerned about Aiden. She said that normally she would come out and have them evaluated in order to do a sort of pre-screening, but given the information I had provided, she felt confident that she needed to have a "team" from Easter Seals come out to do a "full evaluation" and that if Aiden and Isabella qualified she would begin to line up therapies in our home each week. Whoa. I was totally caught of guard by this.

I have such mixed emotions. First of all, I know that even if they qualify, it doesn't mean that they can't completely catch up. I totally understand that early intervention is key and it's why I did this process to begin with. I'm a teacher and I totally get that different kids develop differently. But in some ways, having them qualify will mean something more definitive. It means that my fears are no longer just the worries of a crazy mom - but those of a trained professional. That is a little nerve-wracking.

I do, however, totally believe in the power of prayer and positive thinking. So if you have anything left in you to pray for my family and specifically my Aiden and Isabella, I would be forever grateful.


Elizabeth said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Just know that I've worked with lots of preemies (for speech) and I've seen many come in behind...and leave AHEAD!!! The best part is that you're getting started early- early intervention is the key to long term success!

Amy Walton said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Good for you for working on this early, though!
They are beautiful, and so loved, and I hope this early therapy helps them!
Love you <3

Tesha said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Saying a prayer for them and you now! Try not to worry my friend I know that is easier to say than do.

Gindi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I found your blog after you posted on mine for the nursery post. I just wanted to encourage you. My triplets were born just shy of 33 wks and did everything slow. We worked with Early Childhood Intervention in Texas and only Sam qualified before their first birthday for two of the six areas. We had him with some minor therapy for a few months. But even after that they walked late, talked late, and everything else. But now they are two and a half and SO advanced. They speak full paragraphs with big words, have a handle on world geography and a super active. I know it is stressful as a momma but it really does improve in the months to come!

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I had a hard time at first too! At one point we even pulled Kyle out of therapy/intervention because I was frustrated with the labels & system. After a month though, I realized it didn't matter what bothered ME or what stigma society puts on "delays" ... we needed to do what was best for HIM! We got him back into First Steps (our version of your ALTA from what it sounds like from your description) and we have never looked back ... I am certain he is far better off now for having been in therapy and I highly encourage it!! Praying for your sweet babies - and for peace of mind for you and your husband!

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