Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Developmental Pediatrician

Today we had Tyler undergo an evaluation with a Developmental Pediatrician. This was the appointment that we wanted initially, but ended up with a Pediatric Psychologist instead. Both Ryan and I were very amazed at how much time this doctor spent with Tyler vs. the psychologist. The psychologist asked Tyler all of one question, but spent the other hour and a half talking to us. Don't get me wrong. Asking the parents about the history of the child can be very important. But without interacting with the child you can miss a lot.

Basically the Developmental Pediatrician agreed that, while there might be a slight bit of A-Typical behaviors with Tyler (i.e. scripting movies), that overall we are dealing with a speech and language piece of the puzzle. This was encouraging to hear because it validated what I had determined myself. She didn't have any real suggestions for continued care; just keep doing what we're doing. I'm not sure what we'll do when Ryan separates from the AF since I'm pretty sure that not all insurance companies will pay for speech therapy. Right now my goal is to see what his teacher is doing and work to copy that at home.

That's all for now since I'm really tired and would like to go to sleep. Is it bedtime yet?