Quite a while ago I shared that we had some concerns about my 3 year-old’s development and that he was going to be assessed for global delays.
After being totally blown off by the first doctor we saw, we learned that because of his age we didn’t actually need a doctor’s referral for him to be assessed. Yesterday we finally had his appointment. This wasn’t an autism assessment; the plan was to see a social worker, a speech therapist, and an occupational therapist and they were going to screen him and give a recommendation for further assessment by a psychologist if they thought that were signs of global delays.
Josiah has made remarkable progress in the last year but he is still markedly delayed in speech. We now have a referral to speech therapy if we want to take it but I think at this point we will continue to do what we have been doing at home with him for now. I’m more interested in progress than perfection and w have been achieving that using strategies we learned when my eldest was in speech therapy when he was 2.
I didn’t know that there was a physiotherapist in the facility but when I mentioned that Josiah’s gait is strange and his legs turned in, they brought the physiotherapist in for a few minutes between her own appointments. She said that his medial hamstrings are quite tight and that seems to be causing his lower legs to turn in as he straightens them. he doesn’t have full flexibility with them. We already have an appointment with orthopedics at the children’s hospital in December, but she is going to have us back soon to fit him for some orthotic shoe inserts to see if that helps in the meantime.
Overall, the appointment went very well, I only missed 2 turns finding the place, and it’s nice to have that confirmation that we don’t need to pursue an autism assessment. There is no reason to think that his struggles and delays will be life-long.
Thanks for your prayers!