So I know the title of this blog is “the six of us”. And I know I seem to only be able to write posts about one of us… that one being Noah. Why? Because I am worried about that boy! And that worry tends to pound down every other thing in my head until I can barely breathe.
Today the regional center psychologist ruled out Autism. In her words, “he is clearly not autistic.” He had a full evaluation today. He was relaxed. He was himself. It was a fair evaluation. I’m happy.
Noah sat when he was supposed to sit. He finished every task asked of him. He talked & played & laughed & smiled. He shared & pretended & charmed the pants off her. He also wiggled out of his chair when he was done & ran out of the room at one point. Typical Noah.
He scored a 5 on the diagnostic test. 7 is the mildest on the Autism Spectrum (PDD-NOS). She said he scored as high as a 5 because at one point, she was trying to make eye contact and he was more interested in a book. But it was a Thomas the Train book & she knows that she can’t compete with a Thomas book. She said his score should be down around 2 or 3.
I will get copies of the report in about a month. I’ll share more then. But for now, his diagnosis stands as speech delay/SPD. She thinks he will qualify for speech therapy and OT through the school district.
Exactly what I wanted. Without the fight. How anti-climatic.
I know this can all change any time & we’re free to go back to the Regional Center to have him re-evaluated. I hope it doesn’t come to that. But we’ll see.
Side note: Noah is being evaluated for ear tubes tomorrow. His right ear is full of fluid from ear infections and his doctor thinks the muffled hearing might be contributing to his speech issues. Fingers crossed for tubes!
Now don’t I have 3 other kids to rave about? More varied posts coming soon. I promise!