by angelical (330 Posts), Thu May 27, 2004 07:22 pm
One other note about early intervention....
(yes, all of them seem to be a bit different in guidelines, etc.) But with ours, they will provide services if the child presents a delay of at least 25% from the BIRTH DATE. Which I feel is a good thing... it makes it more likely that the child will be able to have that kind of support, even if we preemie parents know to adjust the age to what it should have been.
Here's what I mean... When they first evaluated Aaron, he was two months old (which was still 1 month BEFORE his due date), but they had to evaluate him on a 2 month old level, which meant that he was "behind" in almost everything. So, that got him into the program, and he was evaluated weekly, then bi-weekly, and then monthly as his needs changed over the year.
Also, the next year, when they re-evaluated him, he was 14 months old (but really 11 months old). So, he would have been able to continue in the program if he showed a 25% (or 3 1/2 month) lag from his birth date. Basically, he would have had to have performed at a 10.5 month (or less) level to qualify. Which was funny to me, since he was really only at 11 months old. (He actually performed at a 12-14 month level, which was amazing)
So, anyway, I just wanted to let you know how that all works here. I know the developmentalist worried that I would be upset that he showed a lag sometimes, but since I knew to adjust his age, I never cared what the state thought about it. I was just happy to have that support. Aaron really never needed it that much... or maybe it helped just that much. I don't know.
Good luck with Caitlyn. I'm sure that everything is fine with her, but it is nice to know that there's a program available to help you be sure.
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