Part of the reason I was so excited to see a Developmental Pediatrician is because I deeply believe in building a team around Trevor.
A team of people (doctors...sitters...EI girls...therapists...yada yada) that see the potential inside him. And crave tapping into it like I do. That also see the broken-ness...and allow it to saturate their hearts. A team that believes alongside me that Trevor is more than meets the eye!
It's also the reason why I've blown through two regular Dr. Pedi-s this past year. I'm slowly growing comfortable with being the crazy mommy. The mommy not willing to settle for second best. Even if I have to blow through ten more! Although our new Dr. Pedi & I had a long pre-commitment consult. And I feel very comfortable with her. And I (hope) think she feels comfortable with me. Plus...she has experience with IS. Something that is not easy (but for me...important) to find.
Anyway...all that to say...
We met with Dr. Development yesterday. I had a different mental picture of what her role would be.
She basically exists to monitor Trevor's development on an annual basis. To offer recommendations. And assist specifically with transitioning into the school system.
I'm thrilled that we have her on our team. She took an extensive history. And preformed a very thorough exam.
She observed Trevy interacting with his sibs.
She first hand witnessed a mild cluster.
She put puzzles in front of him & watched his eyes light up with the desire to please. But his little fingers just not coordinated enough to make it work. And the frustration that led to puzzle pieces being chucked wildly across the room.
He signed "more" without prompting for her. The little show-off!
She placed a picture board on the table. It was separated into four boxes. Different pictures in each box.
She asked Trevy to point to the dog.
And he did! The stinker! I'd just told her that he NEVER points at specific things when asked. And then he goes and does!
Although I felt validated when she asked him to point to the ball. And he pointed to the dog again!
It was a long day. But I really feel well worth the time.
Her professional assessment lands Trevor in the 14month zone cognitively. His gross motor skills are advanced. His fine motor lagging closer to 10 months. He has (news to me) very low muscle tone in his upper body. Which is contributing to his delayed fine motor development.
Her professional recommendations are for me to be enrolled by EI in a Hanen Speech class. To increase Trevor's Speech Therapy to at least once a week. To enroll him in a gym class with the specific focus being to increase his upper body tone. And to follow up three months prior to his 3rd birthday so that she can fully assess him & equip me & help make Trevor's transition as seamless as possible.