Friday, August 5, 2011

Finally Seeing the Light

After years of not knowing where to start, what to focus on, how to organize everything, what therapies to try, we finally see the light and it's shining so bright on us. Patricia's diagnosis came when she was 1 year and 9 months, that was almost 3 years ago. She's 4 years and 5 months now. We've tried a lot of approaches, GFCF Diet, Son Rise, ABA, mainstreaming and of course, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

Now, we finally had her assessed by a psychoeducator and SPED Diagnostician. We've waited for so long for this, saved for so long too. She had her assessment last month. It was a thorough assessment. We were there from 9am until 2pm. She was asked to do table top tasks for about 2 hours. More on fine motor activities like lacing, scooping, blocks, coins, scribbling, zipping, buttoning, puzzles, etc. I was really surprised that she was able to do a lot of things. After 1 hour and a half, she became uneasy already, so we transferred to the playroom, so her gross motor skills can be observed too. She did a marvelous job, jumping, balancing, playing with the ball and drums. After 45 minutes of playing, we returned to the cubicle to try more table top tasks, but she doesn't want to participate anymore and wants to leave. So for the 2 hour interview, we stayed in the playroom. We were interviewed while Patricia played. The interview was also so detailed, no questions or concerns left unturned. Dr. Dizon and Teacher Penny of Child Find did a great job getting all the information from us.

During the interview, we were enlightened by so many positive characteristics of Patricia that were observed by them. The way she shows affection, kissing and hugging me, being able to play with different toys appropriately and also the way she smiles all the time. She's like an angel, that's what they said. They were also surprised when we told them that she loves playgrounds and parties with lots of children. They said that it's unusual for kids like them. At the end of the interview, we felt exhausted, tired, overloaded by information but also blessed and thankful to God for giving Patricia to us.

The time, the wait and the money..they are all worth it. Please read my next blog for the results of the assessment. I hope that parents who'll read this will have an overview of what to expect. Dr. Edilberto Dizon really did a great job with our daughter and we can't wait to implement the year long program already. =)

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