As parents we want our children to thrive and pass everything that comes their way. However for once I was hoping that my son would actually fail his OT evaluation.
I’ve been sharing with you the fact that we have realized there is something wrong besides Koreys’ speech issues. After reading everything I could find about sensory seeking I cried and just wanted to go back and shake myself. No amount of classes can teach you about all the different things that can go wrong with your child as they grow, what specific things to look out for and how to deal with them.
Looking back I shouldn’t have shrugged off the excessive amount of energy Korey had as a baby, or I would have ran us to an OT evaluation sooner. Or the fact that he broke his crib by jumping so much in it! Not that we left him in it all the time, just during the normal times he should have been sleeping he just wanted to move and go all the time. However that is not a question asked when you go to the pediatrician for milestone checkups. How’s the speech? And motor development? Oh has your child happened to break their crib from jumping like a monkey constantly?
Could this speech problem have been prevented if I had realized there was a problem with his sensory? Short answer no. The speech is something we will have to wait until he can be checked out for neurological problems. Sensory seeking disorder isn’t a problem thrown around and talked about all the time. If there is an obvious problem, such as your child avoids specific situations or senses than it can warrant you to think.
Filling out the evaluation form was a little more difficult than I thought. Instead of just running through and checking what needed to be, I brought it to Keith and we both sat down and filled it out. Every questions was torn about word by word, dissected like a frog in science class. I wanted to make sure we did it right and didn’t have an confusion, even if we did we could go over it with the OT. Finally an hour after starting the form it was filled out and I sighed, hoping that he would fail the evaluation.
If he didn’t fail the OT evaluation then it meant no help for us. No help for his sensory seeking and more endless nights of tears and frustration for all of us.
The OT (who we happen to know, that is a whole different post) read everything and asked me all sorts of questions and observed Korey with different sensory toys. According to the form he was borderline, when those words came out of her mouth my chest hurt. I kept my mouth calm as I said “oh”. When she said that she preferred what parents say and how she sees the child more than what the form tells her I felt a little more relieved.
Hearing that she was going to recommend OT therapy to Korey, tears filled my eyes. I fought back so hard as to not look crazy in front of her, but telling her how happy I was to get this help for him she could certainly hear it in my throat.
We finally did it. Korey has the last piece he needs to get himself back to being somewhat normal and appropriate for his age. Soon there will no longer be fights for bedtime and brushing teeth, we will have the tools we need to help him and ourselves. I cannot express how happy this makes me. Stay tuned to see how OT therapy goes for him.