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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:34 pm 
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I just saw this annasrobbie, I went through this with Silas. He ended up doing both OT and speech therapy for 3 years and it was invaluable to him, and to is. The most important part is that you trust the therapists. Ours were amazing! They became like family to him. He started when he was nearly 2 and had most red flags for autism, by the time he started preschool last fall (almost 5 at the time) he has only small sensory issues remaining but we have plenty of tools to handle them. He is the first in his school to read and has never had a single disciplinary issue at school. He's very social and friendly and well adjusted.

What I'm saying is that I remember how terrifying this was in the beginning, but I want to show that it can be such a wonderful thing. I used to make small goals and I remember there was a point where I was hoping he would just be able to communicate with other kids in any manner, now he makes friends everywhere he goes, naturally. I truly believe that early intervention and our dedication to consistency with it at home as well, changed his life dramatically. It was hard, but so worth it.

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Really thank you guys so much for sharing your kind words and experiences. I kind of have my up and down days and I know that is going to continue for awhile but I really do think this will be a positive thing for him overall. I mean, I felt something wasn't right with Giles and that is why I asked for the evaluation in the first place. I just was a little taken aback with how very far behind they said he was. Right now I am still waiting to hear back from the coordinator about when we might get started with speech therapy or have our OT eval - the waiting is no fun...


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big doings round here for BabyPunk.

she will be 1 next saturday (whoa!) and FINALLY she's getting her top two front teeth after months and months of waiting. she got her first bottom one last December and the second one in January. so much for 4 right in a row :-P my BIL is graduating from dental school in a couple weeks and he would keep asking us if she got her two top teeth yet and when we would say no he would be like "hmmmmm" and kept saying something about the "rule of 4" hahaha BP dont play by no rules :-P

she's also decided to crawl. we didnt think she would ever crawl and would just go to walking since she hates being on her tummy and never made any moves like she even wanted to crawl then suddenly she started tossing herself forward and working it out. for about a week the left leg was doing it right and she would drag the right leg around like dead weight. it was pretty comical but she seems to have figured it out now. she doesnt seem to want to crawl very far though. she's like "oh no this is sufficient i shall stop here"

at the same time as crawling she is figuring out walking. she can stand really well (supported) and is starting to push aroud her little walker thing and sort of walking around our coffee table. she is also trying to use the coffee table to pull herself up to standing. she loves to peak over the edge of the coffee table while she's trying to stand up.

im actually pretty glad she's so slow at figuring out this mobility thing because our crazy dog is doing quite well with it. i think if she just stood up and started running around one day he would be wigged out.

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Cutie BP-pie! That is awesome she just decided to get mobile in every way possible ;)

Giles had his first speech therapy appointment - his therapist looks like she is 14, but is super enthusiastic. I was SO happy that they seemed to interact well together. He is going to start twice weekly appointments where they are just going to work on trying to get some babbling going (or the fancy term "variegate his babbling").


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Yay for Giles and BabyPunk!

annasrobbie, that sounds like a really good start; I'm glad to hear it.
LP, tiny wu crawled for about 3 weeks before walking pretty much exclusively and I swear her rule of thumb was "never more than 3 crawls. If you can't reach it in 3 crawls, make somebody help you walk there."


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eeee Dahlia actually got into the kindergarten like 5 blocks from our house (lottery system)! this is thrilling on some levels, although its a very old large public school so i doubt it will be super-progressive or anything. I am nervous - 5 months in advance - about the shift to a full day of school though. Tried telling her she will be spending a much longer time at school and she (understandably) doesn't really get it. That first day is gonna be killer, mostly for me I suspect, and for Sierra who will be fine at first but as the day goes on, probably more and more concerned.


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eeee Dahlia actually got into the kindergarten like 5 blocks from our house (lottery system)! this is thrilling on some levels, although its a very old large public school so i doubt it will be super-progressive or anything. I am nervous - 5 months in advance - about the shift to a full day of school though. Tried telling her she will be spending a much longer time at school and she (understandably) doesn't really get it. That first day is gonna be killer, mostly for me I suspect, and for Sierra who will be fine at first but as the day goes on, probably more and more concerned.


I don't know where you're at or if it works differently in every school, but here in Montreal my daughter had a 'gradual entry', meaning that on the first day I was there for the entire hour and a half, second day I was there for 15 mins of an hour and a half, third day I dropped her off and she had an hour and a half on her own. Then the fourth day she went on the schoolbus on her own, came back at the end of the day. I cried a lot during the day, I cried every day I put her on the bus, but she was super happy to go and had no problems at all. She was 4 at the time, turned 5 a few months later.

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I wouldn't worry too much about transitioning to a full day. My daughter was fine with it last year as were all the kids in her Kindergarten class. The only real complaint I ever heard from any of the kids were how starving they were...even though they ate a full lunch and an afternoon snack!

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Audrey wrote:
eeee Dahlia actually got into the kindergarten like 5 blocks from our house (lottery system)! this is thrilling on some levels, although its a very old large public school so i doubt it will be super-progressive or anything. I am nervous - 5 months in advance - about the shift to a full day of school though. Tried telling her she will be spending a much longer time at school and she (understandably) doesn't really get it. That first day is gonna be killer, mostly for me I suspect, and for Sierra who will be fine at first but as the day goes on, probably more and more concerned.


Congrats! I'm worried about getting into the school near us two years away so I know this is a big deal! I don't know anything about schools in Queens, but it could very well be progressive (or not). At my school, the K teachers know the first week is really hard for the kids and the the first two days are half days. It isn't unusual for kids to fall asleep during circle time, need a snack, etc, so I wouldn't worry too much about it.


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I know you guys are right and that it will be harder for me than for her. That's a really good point about kids being hungry though! Dahlia eats so slowly (like most 4yr olds I imagine) that she'll barely be able to finish a little sandwich probably during the lunch period. But she'll adapt, no doubt.


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BP's toof status has already changed. pretty much the day after i wrote that she grabbed my husband's finger and started gnawing on it and he was like "uh i found another tooth"

we havent quite figured out if it's a molar or two other teeth together at the same time. if it's a molar it means she skipped her second incisors and the canine but shes never been one for doing things the "normal" way.

so she has at least 3 teeth all coming at once, possibly more if the mystery one has a pair somewhere. or if it's two teeth rather than 1 molar.
when do toddler tantrums typically start? she's had some epic meltdowns over diaper changing lately and im hoping it's just the epic amounts of teething rather than the start of tantrums.

also! i have posted here many times about how she hates everyone but me and is super clingy with me BUT last weekend we had some MAJOR breakthroughs. we went to a baby shower where i only knew two people and she knew nobody and i fully expected to carry her around the entire time but instead when i put her on the floor in their living room she CRAWLED UP TO STRANGERS and was like touching their leg and like checking them out. it was SO COOL!
she went up to several different people this way.

then afterwards we went to my uncle's house and my aunt and uncle both my parents and two of my parents friends were there and at first she was back to her standoffish ways but slowly she started crawling down the hallway and towards my uncle, etc.

i think her desire to explore is overriding her fear of strangers and it is AWESOME!

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You are seeing the light at the end of the stranger danger tunnel!!! awesome LP! Teething definitely amplified everything at our house - we would have a super grumpy baby and then suddenly realize there were new teeth and he would be back to his happy self again :)

Giles had his OT evaluation today. The therapist said she didn't see anything that would lead her to think he had a sensory issue so she doesn't recommend any therapy. So that is good. We got him scheduled for his speech therapy and he will start out going just once a week. I am really hoping they can help jumpstart his speaking!


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That's great annasrobbie! Once a week speech therapy jumpstarted Miles's speaking almost immediately and all they do is sit and play with toys while she talks to him and has him repeat a few things. Its ending for us on his 3rd birthday in May. Its through a state run program for 2 year old's only. We are really going to miss it.

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The program we are going through is the Early Steps age birth to 3 state program too - I am so happy it is available as even though I have what is considered to be "good" insurance they cover only 50 sessions of any type of therapy per year with a $25 co-pay per session - and the speech therapist wants to see him twice a week when the schedule will allow, so that would definitely be prohibitive financially. A developmental specialist is also going to visit our home -I'm not sure what she does exactly - she comes next week to meet us so we will see, I think she recommends ways to incorporate learning opportunities into his daily routine at home.


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that's crazy how expensive it is. how do they expect people to be able to afford that?
here the early intervention program is free. im not sure if it's state run but whatever health insurance doesnt pay for the state pays for.

i think it is also only up to age 3 and they told me after that you deal with the school system. not sure what type of school a 3 year old goes to???? is that preschool???

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Head start preschool starts at 3, though it's harder to get in at 3 than at 4. I believe you can get therapy through the school system without being enrolled in regular classes, though.


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that's crazy how expensive it is. how do they expect people to be able to afford that?
here the early intervention program is free. im not sure if it's state run but whatever health insurance doesnt pay for the state pays for.

i think it is also only up to age 3 and they told me after that you deal with the school system. not sure what type of school a 3 year old goes to???? is that preschool???


Yes, I think I know the answer to this. After age three it is called special education services (rather than early intervention) and the school district is in charge of screening the child and developing an IEP. Developmental delays would be under that umbrella as well as other needs. If you are already receiving early intervention and the service providers think the child would benefit from more therapy, they should help you transition to the school district or at least guide you on how to get that ball rolling. Therapy after age three is paid for from a different pot of money, hence the shift to local school district.


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Yes - I already filled out paperwork that indicates if my child is still enrolled in early intervention at his second birthday (which of course he will be since he just started) that they notify the school district so they can allocate funding for him for the next school year to get therapy through school. That freaked my husband out because he doesn't want him "labeled" but I just feel if he needs extra help he should get it! I am pretty certain a 2 or 3 year old with a speech delay doesn't carry a "label" for life.


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So good that Giles is getting some help, sounds like a positive step, Annasrobbie!

And wow, LisaPunk, BabyPunk is just going leaps and bounds, isn't she?! Can't believe she's getting so big and clever and mobile! And a mouth full of teeth! How many does she have now?

Westiebaby is teething molars and having a not-very-fun time of it, poor bug. I'm a bit disappointed, because my best friend who lives in the UK is arriving for two weeks tomorrow, and I'm really hoping Westiebaby has at least some happy non-teeth-pain days while she's here, because she's such an awesome happy lovely girl normally! She's definitely not grumpy 24/7 with the teeth, but I can tell they're bothering her.

I don't know if this counts as an 'update', but I'm in this thread now, so whatever... in the last week we had our first bath poop and first floor poop within 24 hours. I'm choosing to be happy about it taking over 15 months, rather than frustrated at the mess to clean up ; )

We've also just had our hot water reconnected after a week without it since a storm last week, and I've never been so happy to turn on the hot tap to run her bath! Boiling kettles and carrying pots of hot water through the house was not the most fun way to spend my evening preparing for bath time!


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Dahlia lost her first baby tooth! She'd been mentioning her front tooth hurt while she ate and I thought hmm, gotta get her to the dentist. Then I actually looked at it and saw a new tooth emerging behind it. Within a day or so she was wiggling the loose one with her tongue and boom! it came out while she was Facetiming with her aunt and she screamed and cried but got over it pretty quickly. This was a total surprise, we thought we had a couple more years haha.


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Audrey wrote:
Dahlia lost her first baby tooth! She'd been mentioning her front tooth hurt while she ate and I thought hmm, gotta get her to the dentist. Then I actually looked at it and saw a new tooth emerging behind it. Within a day or so she was wiggling the loose one with her tongue and boom! it came out while she was Facetiming with her aunt and she screamed and cried but got over it pretty quickly. This was a total surprise, we thought we had a couple more years haha.


I'm always so excited when they lose their teeth. Especially the first one is a big deal I think! My daughter has lost the two in the front on top recently and is now just getting her adult front teeth. She's growing up so fast! Congrats on this milestone :)

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Speaking of teeth when did people start bringing their kids to the dentist?

We read a couple places that before their first birthday they should go.

We got something in the mail that apparently because of the Affordable Care Act all kids 19 (?) and under have dental insurance so our health insurance covers at least something for her.

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I haven't taken Giles in yet. "They" do recommend at one year, but since I am already trying to brush and floss as much as I can I don't really see the point at this time...I wonder at what age they can get their teeth sealed - Once all his teeth are in I would be interested in doing that for sure!


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