G saw the developmental pediatrician this week – we really liked her, which is great since he will be seeing her for the next 16 years. You know, it’s Austin…there is only one of any specialist… 😉
the appointment wasn’t quite what we were expecting, but beneficial nonetheless. She helped us drill down to G’s behavioral issues, which center around transitions – going from home to car, car to school, and vice versa. Because he is so big, it really is a challenge, especially for Mama C, to control his thrashing and biting attempts. She had some great suggestions on utilizing a visual schedule, music cues, or possibly an object to help develop a routine and anticipate what is coming. We are working with his school and therapists to see what works best for G.
She noticed that he needs alot of “input”, which is why all he wants to do is roll – because of this he may have a harder time developing his motor skills. We are looking into ideas for compression suits (like Theratogs) that gives him the input he wants while allowing him to focus on other milestones.
Dr. F’s main point was that we need to continue developing his motor strength so he can stop focusing so much mental energy on things like sitting up. Once he is stronger, he can use his mental energy for other skills like speech. She feels his speech probably won’t develop much until he is physically stronger.
He did show brief purposeful play which is great, and she was extremely encouraging about the neighborhood we will be moving into in a few months – they have one of the best special ed programs which is of course why we chose it 🙂
We are going to go back in 3 months for more extensive testing like we received at First Steps, but she was encouraged that his 2 evaluations showed progress, and our visit continued to show ongoing progress. She guessed he is as at a 10-12 month developmental level, but the next round of testing will be more insightful.
And with that, the long awaited Upsee! G is not loving it to be honest, but we are hopeful it just takes some time getting used to it! Probably not his favorite birthday present, but we look forward to continuing to work with him in it!
There is also a short video, but Mama C is technically challenged in how to get it from the phone to the computer 🙂 Someday….!