Sunday, February 03, 2008

Charlie counts

I've been worried about Charlie's speech and comprehension for quite a while. Someone told me to look into a program called "Kids Who Count." It's an early intervention program for all kids under the age of 3 within our school district. They want to make sure kids that need help receive it before they are thrown in the school system. They send several people out to test your child and then do an overall evalution to see if they qualify for the program. I figured it couldn't hurt to have him tested and see what their thoughts were on his development. To qualify for the program, a child must be in the bottom 7% of all the kids in the state. Charlie ended up testing at 2%. It was kind of bittersweet for me. I was glad that we were going to get help but I was also sad that he qualified to get help. So, we will be going to 2 75 minute playgroups a week where they teach the parents to work with the kids and a Speech Pathologist will come out and help me work with him a couple times a month. It will cost a little money but not nearly as much as it would if we were taking him to a Speech Pathologist on our own. Pretty much any amount of money is worth it if it will help little Charlie anyway. I really love all the nurses and the Speech Pathologist that I have worked with so far. They have worked with some other children that have struggled with Epilepsy and developmental delays so hopefully there will be help for us.

5 comments:

Brian and Elizabeth Shelley said...

That is great... Let me know how things work....

Nat said...

Glad you heard about it, I think it is a great program to help kids out. I know my sister in law really enjoys it. I hope it helps Charlie, and helps you to know how to help him. Good luck.

d/b/c/m said...

you are such an amazing, on-top-of-things, and patient mom. i admire you and matt's ability to laugh and have such a strong family. i can't get over how cute winston and charlie. i'm glad you'll have some more support.

Melissa said...

So happy you guys got into this. Luc loves looking at this picture of Charlie and so do I. It's SO cute! I love it!

Megan & Shawn said...

He is such a cute guy!! Like you said, anything helps! I'm sure he'll do well.