First off, let me just say thank you. Thank you for all the kind words and so much support from all of you. It really does mean so much.
So, here’s what we know from Tuesday’s evaluation: we need more evaluations.
Bet you saw that coming, huh? The provider we saw told us that, yes, Zoey definitely does seem to have a lot of sensory issues. She has just a couple slight things that maybe could indicate an autism spectrum disorder, but in all likelihood we’re probably going to end up with a sensory diagnosis. So, autism isn’t off the table yet, but we’re feeling pretty ok that the chances of it remaining on the table are pretty low. As for the sensory issues, well, at least we have validation that we were right and we’re not just crazy, anxious first-time parents.
So now we wait (approximately four months until the next available opening) for an evaluation from a speech therapist. That will be followed by another evaluation with a physician. After all that we will (hopefully?) learn whether we have a diagnosis or just a smart, quirky kid.
In the meantime, we’ve been referred to start occupational therapy for the existing sensory issues. It has also been recommended that we start Zoey in preschool. The provider felt that it would be best to start a slow, gradual transition into the general chaos that is preschool by starting Zoey in one or two days a week for a couple of hours. Then, next fall (when we were planning on starting her) she can go for more and/or longer days, ultimately working up to being able to handle Kindergarten without a huge shock to her sensitive system.
It’s a good thing I’m going back to work. I don’t know about where you live, but here in Seattle pre-school is expensive. Like, very. Also, um, yeah, we kinda missed all the application windows and opportunities to get on wait lists by about six months. So, basically, we have no idea if we will be able to find a preschool that has an opening and fits in our budget and isn’t infested with mold and staffed by televisions instead of actual people or something. I guess I have my work cut out for me doing research.
All that can start tomorrow though. Right now I just want to snuggle with my incredibly smart, funny, sweet, beautiful daughter whom I am so deeply proud of and in love with.