Friday, November 30, 2012

Failed a Screening

Today I am sat in the doctor's office to take a 3 hour glucose tolerance test because I failed the screening last week. I know that this will help identify a problem and help me take the right steps after I find out the results.

This has me thinking about a recent client, Kristi*. Her parents were concerned with her language development. She had had some regression a few months earlier and recently was doing better. But was she delayed? Were her language abilities appropriate for her age? Previous testing had revealed significant delays, but they had seen so much progress. Where was she now, developmentally speaking?

Mom brought her in to have a full language evaluation. While we talked about what language skills are appropriate for different ages and we went through the testing process, we were able to see that overall Kristi's language skills were within the average range. However, we were also able to pin point some missing skills that could be addressed at home.

Kristi's parents now feel relieved - not because their daughter isn't delayed but because they know. They know what they need to do, what to work on at home and what skills aren't an issue at this time because they are not necessary for her age. If the results had revealed delays, they were ready to start therapy to address her specific needs. Knowing the problems or areas of delay doesn't change where a child is developmentally. It gives you power to address those issues with a professional cheering you on, either on your team if your child is in therapy or from the side lines if your child is developmentally on track!

I am nervous about the results of my test and the changes that may have to be made. But no matter what, knowing will help me make the decisions that are best for my child and for me.

I would be happy to talk with you about your child. You can also check out my speech sound information or language developmental milestones from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Feel free to contact me! Talk to you soon!

UPDATE: I passed the Glucose Tolerance Test! While I was waiting for the results, however, I went ahead and ate as if I had Gestational Diabetes (just in case) and found some terrific recpies. At first, I was worried that I'd having nothing to eat, but researching and trying out recipes was fun and educational for me. No matter what the results had been, I would have done what was best for my baby. I hope that if you find yourself or your child in a position to need further testing that you pursue it so that you don't have to just keep wondering and can get started addressing any issues that are revealed by the testing. Please let me know if I can be of service to you!

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