Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Assessments and Gluten-Free Menus

The last several weeks have been very stressful around our house. Starting after Easter weekend, we discussed the need for some speech and developmental therapy for Lincoln due to his developmental delays. As his parents, it was difficult to see outside of our little "bubble" and admit that he needed some guidance and needed to be assessed for any developmental delays.
My family was instrumental in getting us in touch with the right people and to our advantage, we just happen to have a great set of Early Childhood Intervention services in our county.

So, Lincoln has had an initial and a more thorough Autism assessment and qualifies for the ECI Speech Therapy and Developmental Therapy. They said that he is very intelligent and active, but they saw a few red flags in his communication skills and social interaction. We have scheduled his therapy sessions and are looking forward to getting started. He has not been diagnosed with anything, but still shows enough signs to be admitted to the program. They will be holding the sessions in our home one to two times a week (roughly). If he still needs help after his third birthday, he will be referred to the local school ISD, which has a great program too.

Next on our agenda was to continue to investigate his frequent vommiting problem. So, we changed his diet to an all Gluten-Free one, and it has made a HUGE difference. He has only vommited once since making the change (outside of a 24 hr stomach bug). However, he was also on an antibiotic to clear up a sinus infection. He is now off of the meds and we need to wait and see how he does on just the GF diet.

Hopefully we'll get it all figured out and help Lincoln live the best life possible!! We've also started with swim lessons this week. It's going to be a busy summer!!