............at 14 months old.......blah.......who needs them??
So, another 6 months has passed, and this morning Scott, Landon and I found ourselves sitting on our living room floor with 4 of Landon's 5 therapists for his IFSP review. I must start off with letting you all know how much we just LOVE our EI team. I would not trade any of them for ANYTHING! We are so fortunate to have been placed with such a wonderful and caring group of therapists. These are a group of women, who I truly feel, BELIEVE in Landon's abilities and GENUINELY care about him.
The morning started off with Landon greeting his therapists with tons of smiles and lots of cuteness. He really is such a ham..........and, quite the flirt. Any other day, this technique, would be Landon's way of getting his therapists to go easy on him. lol That's right, he sure is one CLEVER little boy!! Then......the "TEST" began......ugh! Landon was asked to do lot's of tasks, you know, perform on cue! Ha!! As much as our little munchkin loves attention and as social as he is, Landon does what Landon wants to do...........WHEN.......he wants to do it. Definitely a LEADER......and we love it:) Some things he nailed, some he missed. He even surprised us here and there. I guess you could say he is well rounded....lol:)
Then, it was "result" time. You know, the "SCORES", that charts your child's abilities to those of a "typical" child. Hmmm, first of all, Landon HAS Ds and with that comes delays. Second, he is being tested on what he will do right then and there, not what he does (and is known to do) on a daily basis. Personally, I feel that this test is negative based and focuses on the areas of delay. After much discussion, Scott and I have come to the conclusion that we are strength based parents. We are choosing to focus on all the things that Landon CAN and WILL do and we are so proud of each of his accomplishments. Although this test is mandatory, we have chosen not to have the results read. Nope. This assessment will go straight into Landon's binder where it's white paper will yellow over the years. All we know is that Landon is thriving, learning new skills and reaching milestone's. And his timeline is 100% OK with us. Scott and I will continue to provide Landon with all the tools necessary to help him reach all of his goals and Landon will choose how and when to use them.
Being part of this blogging community has really helped me to keep things in perspective. I have been so inspired by so many of your children. I truly see what our children are capable of doing. It's not about comparing where our children are at any given moment but rather celebrating those moments WHEN they happen.............and together, we will:) And for all our kiddos hard work.........I give them all a score of a perfect "10"!!!