Corrigan’s yearly evaluation with Early Intervention was conducted at 15months of age.
We have been waiting for some time for the report and it came in the mail the day before Thanksgiving.
On all but one he was “on target” and measured “15 months” for those areas.
Shockingly, he was “on target” for communication.
Even more surprising was that he scored “7-10 months” in an area called “adaptive”
Thank goodness his therapist came the day that I got the report.
She explained that “adaptive” is the area involving “life tools” and that Corrigan was very behind in this area.
*knock me over with a feather*
She told us that by “life tools” she means things like understanding that a spoon is for eating. When I hand Corrigan a spoon does he put it in his mouth? Or try to feed me? Or a stuffed animal?
When I hand Corrigan a hairbrush does he pretend to brush his hair or even attempt to place it near his head?
If someone handed Corrigan a crayon, would he understand that he was to not only hold it somewhat properly, but that in order to color he needs to apply pressure?
The same goes for a toy hammer, a toothbrush etc.
Sooooooooo. I have something to focus on. And I am okay with that.
I like having something to work on.
I like the challenge.
Corrigan, not so much. He just wants to do his own thing.
Petra brought us back some crayons from Germany. Only two companies, that I can find so far, make crayons that are “protein-free”
Everyone knows that little kids like to chew on crayons.
I can’t count the protein in regular crayons if he should eat one and I miss it.
The crayons that Petra brought are protein-free, chunky and vivid!
Corrigan kind of held the crayon in a normal way. I tried holding his hand and scribbling.
I drew him a heart to show him how to do it.
He chewed on the crayon.
Once in awhile, he would tap it against the paper…but not in a way that indicated that he understood that by tapping the crayon, he was getting a result.
More that he just really liked banging the crayon…and whoops, there are some marks!
I don’t care.
I hung it on the fridge just the same.
A decade ago, I framed his older brother’s first drawing that looked like “something”…an apple, to be exact.
( all of these years later Connor claims it was a tomato..ahaha )
I even added a little engraved tag that titled the “masterpiece” and added the year
I am so glad, 11 years later, to have that “art”
I can’t wait until I can frame Corrigan’s first “something”
but in case that doesn’t happen…
I am keeping the work he “tapped” out today…and if I have to…I will frame it
and add a tag with a date.
It’s all a masterpiece if you ask me!