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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Thursday, February 14

Screening Results

Finn first.

As you know, we discussed Finn's continued issues with gross motor skills at his well-child appt and agreed it was time to have him tested/screened. I've been working with different avenues to have this happen, including daycare! They work with a private company right there on site, which is so convenient. I signed the paperwork and they screened Finn yesterday. Here is the assessment:

"A detailed evaluation is recommended for Physical Therapy (gross motor skills) and Occupational Therapy (fine motor skills). Comments: Finn demonstrated great communication skills - nice vocabulary sentence structure and articulation. That area is of NO concern. He did have some trouble with some of the gross & fine motor tasks such as balance, skipping, hopping on one foot, cutting shapes and drawing/copying shapes and letters. It is recommended that he have complete physical & occupational therapy evaluation to further look at these skill areas."

So, we are NOT surprised about the gross motor skills recommendation. I am a little surprised about his fine motor skills, because in the past, he has always tested ahead of his age in that area...however, now that he is doing pre-K things, the fine motor skills are a lot more refined and it could be showing up more. He can write his name, but I know doesn't draw shapes, at least for me.

Now Korri.

As previously posted, it was discussed at Korri's parent conferences in Oct that her teacher had concerns about her language. I watched it over the last several months and noticed her talking more and more. It was brought up at her well-child appt and her Ped was not concerned based on what she heard and what feedback I provided. But it was still on my mind, so one evening this week, I asked Korri's current teacher if she had concerns. Her response? Korri says a lot of words but you can only understand a handful. Yikes! And Korri is the oldest in that room right now, so she should be talking even better than her peers. Apparently we speak "Koko" at our house because I think she says a ton of words. She had me sign the release the next day and Korri was screened yesterday as well. Here is the assessment:

"A detailed evaluation is recommended for Physical Therapy (gross motor skills) and Speech-Language Therapy. Comments: Korri was cooperative and very sweet! She said about 20 different intelligible words and many unintelligible ones. She was able to follow simple directions. Her gross motor skills seemed to be a bit shaky with balance and jumping and running. Her fine motor skills seemed fine - turning a knob and block manipulation. It is recommended that full speech/language and physical therapy evaluation be done to better assess her skills and potential needs."

My initial reaction was that I didn't agree with their gross motor skills assessment and Jim's initial reaction was he didn't agree with their speech-language assessment! LOL. I really don't think she has gross motor issues, as she runs just as well as Finn (not a GREAT role model, I know) and jumps better than he does some of the time. But because of Finn's delays, it is possible I don't have appropriate expectations either. Jim and I talked about Korri's speech and I pointed out that sometimes nobody can understand her or Finn is the only one who can ...which is clearly a problem (Finn must have taken advanced classes in Koko language!). I would think that with how high Finn set the bar for language, we would have been more perceptive to any delays, but like I said, we must speak Koko better than others, so we WOULDN'T have seen a problem.

So for both kids, I filled out and signed the necessary paperwork for the detailed evaluation and Jim turned it in at daycare today. It will be good to have more information and the best part of all of is all done right at daycare...even if they need on going therapy! That is a HUGE advantage since Jim travels so much and I don't have paid time off for work.

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