“Thanks for the adventure,
Now go have a new one”
The month of May was full of changes, transitions, and goodbyes. This month we said goodbye to our Early Intervention therapists and hello to “big girl” preschool. It was not an easy goodbye, I would have to say it was bittersweet. We did not want to see our Angel’s go. However, they knew, I knew, we all knew, our wild child was ready for her next adventure.
Our family began working with the Pa Early Intervention program after the evaluation of Summer’s development in January of 2014. They determined that she showed delays in communication/speech, Social development, and her cognitive development. Early Intervention decided to assign her a speech Therapist to work with her on communication development also a special coordinator teacher to work with her on her social and cognitive development. They came into our home one hour a day once a week.
Summer’s development was showing nice improvement. However, we were still concerned and knew of the possibility that she could have autism. The CATCH team-who are the specialists that test for possible spectrum disorders evaluated Summer on June 10th of 2014. The results determined that her medical diagnosis was; autism spectrum disorder, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, and delayed milestones.
Following her evaluation and diagnosis the Early Intervention team decided to add an occupational therapist to Summer’s therapy regimen. So then there were three…
Three therapists coming into our home, helping us to; reach our child, connect with our child, guide our child, and help our child blossom in a way that warms my heart more than any words I could ever write.
Summer started attending the daycare and preschool I work at in July of 2014. Our family and the Early Intervention team thought it would be beneficial for her social development and transitioning anxieties. We also felt it would be a nice way for her to “get her feet wet” in regards to her experience with a structured educational setting. We already knew she would attend preschool in a year so I wanted “school” to become familiar to her.
We were right. Summer loved daycare. She loved her classroom teachers and new friends. Her Early Intervention therapists would come to work with her both at home and at school, depending on the day. We were seeing wonderful progress in Summer, we were all comfortable with the schedule and it just worked. We knew that inevitably, our time with Early Intervention would come to an end, this weighted heavy on all of our hearts…
Who could have known that three women that had come into our lives as strangers, would grow to be our friends, family, and in my eyes, Summer’s Angels….
How do you thank one for helping you to “connect” with your child. My heart is full and I will always cherish our time with Early Intervention. They gave me the knowledge, courage, confidence, and hope to be the advocating autism parent I am currently striving to be.
A child that would not look to you when you called her name, would not make eye contact with you, did not like to be touched, and struggled to communicate has now been given wings to soar to new heights!!
Summer is very social, she will now come to her name when she is called, is starting to say about 5-10 words, is using the PEC system to communicate, is extremely affectionate, loves learning, school, and is extremely intelligent. She is ready, Ready for her next adventure!
We have her Angel’s to thank for that…
“Charlie” had three Angel’s… Summer also had three Angel’s. They will always have a piece of our heart…