Friday, 8. February 2013 16:28
We recently had an IEP meeting. Who doesn’t love those? They make my pits a little juicy even though we are in the fortunate category of not having to fight for any services. Ellie went into Kindergarten with only push in services – so, fully integrated.
It’s hard to believe that this is the same kid who, at the age of two, was fascinated with our local St. Louis map. Like for two hours at a time fascinated. She’s also the kid who refused to go to a park if other children were present, didn’t make eye contact, and showed little emotion other than screaming for three years. She would scream in the doorway of her bedroom for sixty solid minutes (sometimes a few times a day) because I would leave the room before her. Or not unbuckle her baby seat the same way. And, she was a bit of a poltergeist (see the parade of objects 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7), and well, you get the idea.
This is also the girl whose first word was at nine months. And, it was “pretty”. She had a vocabulary of 250 words by twelve months. 500 words by eighteen months. She could recognize/demonstrate the ASL alphabet, knew all her colors, differentiated her lower and uppercase letters by twelve months. She knew more about bugs by the age of three than I ever care to know.
This is also the same girl who didn’t pass her language assessment last week. I’ve seen first hand how Ellie reacts when not understanding directions or conversations . She wants to understand. She knows she’s supposed to understand, and since she doesn’t, she compensates with the verbal virtuosity of a Michael Jordan. “I’m not sure…Well, let me think…It could be that one…It’s not?…Oh, I see what you mean…That makes sense.” It’s really quite impressive and high-five worthy.
Luckily, her team at school SO gets her. It’s easy for people who don’t spend a lot of time with Ellie to be dazzled by the cuteness and smoke screens. She will be having a more in-depth language evaluation which will then be compared to her I.Q. score to see if she qualifies for language services. It’s another point, in my opinion, to the importance of early intervention. Ellie has made strides that never fail to impress me and it gives me a lot of encouragement to see her with a team of professionals who all understand Aspergers. They are dreamy. I love them and I want to marry them.