As I posted previously, we were in line to see a developmental pediatrican at Children’s Hospital. Meanwhile, we started the transition to Part B services. Even though he hasn’t turned 3 years old, it was better to transition him in time for the school year. And apparently that takes
forever five months. Now I know why people talk about the frustation of scheduling appointments, waiting for reports, pulling out your hair wondering why it’s taking so long…oops sorry.
First, there was the Child Find screening in March 2010. Child Find is a component of IDEA, and is the stepping stone of determining eligibility of special needs for children 2-5. Uh, what the hell did I do the past few months to get him into EI? Really? Seriously? So, I sat in a conference room with a coordinator, the SLP, and some other people.
It was a
disaster good meeting, in which B would run around the table, become obsessed with the phone (to the point that the SLP had to unplug and hide it), hid in a corner, scream and refused to make any eye contact. It was a good meeting because obviously, the staff determined he needed further evaluation due to possible developmental delays. Holding my tongue, breathe woman…
First, the social worker came to our house to take some initial information from pregnancy through his EI visits with the SLP. Lots of talking, lots of answering questions. Then, a psychologist observed him at home and talked to me. More questions and observations. He also observed B at his daycare and talked to his teacher. I think the poor man was exhausted after all his notes on B. It didn’t help that on that day he had already bitten three children. His daycare teacher and we completed all the tests (ABAS-II, BASC). The Bayley Scales of Infant Child Development (3) was adminstered on B. The psychologist also did a CARS during the evaluation at daycare. This took the better part of April and May.
Then in June, we got the Basis for Eligibility Determination and a Summary of Eligibility Deliberations, which pretty much just means all the reports that the above people did. And then we had to schedule YET ANOTHER FRIGGIN’ MEETING, this time to actually to have the eligibility meeting.
All the results were pretty clear: a whole lotta concerns about his developmental skills. Aggression, hyperactivity, hyperfocus, hyper…whatever. The CARS put him at 30, which suggests mild-to-moderate symptoms of ASD. At the end of it all, he was deemed eligible for special education services. Shocker. And so, we move on.
Acronyms for Dummies
IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
SLP – Speech Language Pathologist
ABAS-II – Adaptive Behavior Assessment System™-Second Edition
BASC – Behavior Assessment System for Children
CARS – Childhood Autism Rating Scale