My Date with Early InterventionTuesday, June 22, 2010
Second City Baby
I know, I've been kind of (very) MIA. With good reason. The end of the school year for my eldest, plus the worry that my baby wasn't reaching his milestones put me a little over the commitment edge.
See, even though I blew off my baby's milestones, I was still a little nervous that he wasn't on track. So I called up Early Intervention and within one week had an intake and evaluation all set up. For those newbies, Early Intervention is a FREE service the state provides to evaluate, diagnose and then give discounted therapy to children from birth to age three. Many of my friends have used EI for their children's speech and physical therapy.
I was blown away by the ease and professionalism of EI. From the moment of the intake until the evaluation and commentary, they were on time, thoughtful and seemed very competent at their jobs.
On the evaluation day I was quite nervous of what they might find wrong with my sweet guy. Five different therapists showed up: speech, congnitive/ developmental, physical therapist, OT and the intake lady.
They sat on the rug with him and went through a series of tasks. Me, being the helicopter parent that I can sometimes be, kept cheering him on, hoping he'd not "fail" any of the tests. He did the worst with eating, but that was expected: the kid doesn't like baby food.
All the other evaluations thankfully turned out normal or above average, and as a result he didn't qualify for any therapy.
That being said, being the helicopter parent that I am, I still booked a feeding eval at Children's Hospital for August. He may not like baby food, but eventually he's going to need something more than formula.
I had a great EI experience. Have you all dealt with them before? Good and bad? They were looking for feedback so let's give it to them!