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Early Intervention, Take 2…and 3

Posted: December 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Misc. | Tags: Autism, Birth to Three, Lincolnton and Wy | 5 Comments »

:::Deep breath:::

Last Friday we had our first evaluation with Early Intervention.  To say it was eye opening was an understatement.

There was a Speech Pathologist and an Early Childhood Development teacher, myself, the boys and Judah.  Of course Judah decided he wanted to nurse about 5 minutes after they arrived, so I mostly observed from my big comfy chair and answered questions while they played and observed the boys.

After about 30 minutes they both shared their concerns and requested that the next step be testing the boys for Autism.


I’m sure you can imagine the next half of the program was a lot of me trying to hold it together while filling out paperwork, trying to get everyone out the door before I had a complete breakdown.

You’d all be proud- I made it about 30 seconds into a phone call to Yogi Dad after they left before I totally lost it. 

The weekend was a nice distraction, Grandma and Grandpa C were in town from Virginia to celebrate Christmas.  As long as I was busy, I was good.  Of course at some point you find a little down time and the dams break, but what do you do? 

We had a second evaluation on Tuesday, this one with an Occupational Therapist coming along for the ride.  Yogi Dad was home for this one so it was a lot easier to manage the situation.

Right now the verdict is Autism.  Where exactly on the spectrum is anyones guess right now, they are little, so it’s hard to say.  We’ll be meeting with the school in January and they will start classes twice a week shortly after that.  I’ll be putting my babies on a bus! 

It’s a lot to absorb in a short period of time, but I think it’s almost better that way.  No time to dwell and hmm and haw over what to do or where to go- we’re just diving in, we’ll see what our options are as we wade through all of this.

Right now I think we both need a little support.  It seems like everyone we’ve talked to has a friend or a co-worker or someone they know who has an autistic child or works with autistic kids, we’re happy to make connections.

If we seem a little skittish the next few weeks (months? years?) I’m sure you’ll understand.

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5 Comments on “Early Intervention, Take 2…and 3”

  1. 1 Kathy said at 10:38 pm on January 2nd, 2011:

    Oh Erin. This is so scary, I'm sure. We're at the older end of this parenting thing and heard a possible diagnosis of "schizophrenia" over here. Or maybe "just" psychosis. Which also includes a spectrum. All we can do is keep on keeping on. All we can do is continue to love our children and hope that, even if the diagnosis is bad, they can still lead full lives. My hugs to you and those adorable boys of yours.

  2. 2 Leah said at 9:48 pm on January 3rd, 2011:

    Erin, I'm so sorry. I neglected to update my reader when you started blogging over here, so your comment today really shocked me. I can only imagine it was that much more impactful for you to hear initially. If I know anything about your family, this will not deter you from, well, anything. You have an amazing family and super cute boys. 🙂

  3. 3 ambermccann said at 6:59 pm on January 13th, 2011:

    Erin, I follow the Breastfeeding Blog Hop to you and I just wanted to tell you that I understand. We've walked a similar road (though a different diagnosis) and while there are certainly days I feel discouraged and frustrated, my love for my little guy has just grown and grown and grown! Lots of doctor's visits, evaluations, therapy visits, IEP meetings, etc. but we keep trucking on. My friend once reminded me that I am not his mother by mistake. She encouraged me to "go after his heart, even when it looks messy to the outside world."

  4. 4 Jessica Rix said at 4:52 pm on January 30th, 2011:

    Well, my other comment seems a little unnessecary now, I should have read further. If you ever want to talk…

  5. 5 The Slacker Mom Tells All! | The Slacker Mom said at 10:32 pm on November 23rd, 2011:

    […] it and would love to read it) Here are the Red Flags for Autism from the CDC. This is what happened the day we had our first speech evaluation through Early Intervention (when they got their initial diagnosis). And a guest post that goes […]

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