It is a link to an ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionairre). It's a short test to do with your child that tests them in 5 areas of development (communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving and personal-social). There is a score sheet as well that will help you score the test. If the child falls below a certain level you should try to find an agency like Early Intervetion that can help your child catch up.
Mamas and Kids with Special Needs
Some of you have read this cause I posted it on another site but I think it's worth posting again for those of you who haven't read it
Welcome To Holland
by Emily Perl Kingsley
I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......
My Baby Rides the Short Bus is a great book of essays by parents of kids with difabilities. It was edited by HipMamas Jen Silverman, Sarah Talbot, and Yantra Bertelli.
I interviewed Sarah and Yantra last summer for my podcast. Here's the link:
you can also download the podcast on itunes so you don't need your browser open to listen:
Special needs? Mental illness? Autism?
I thought this was a good, straightforward article. In brief, it's the mama of a kid with special needs laying out how she wishes other parents/people would behave towards her and her child. What do you think? http://www.baystateparent.com/news/2010-11-01/Feature_Articles/BE_THERE_FOR_THEM.html
I was scared I'd been away too long and no one would know who I am, but I still see a lot of familiar names so I figured I'd go ahead and give an update.
I am not sure what to do next. I need a diagnosis for her.
I wanted to let you all know that I am doing a parent as partners training with Early Intervention. I have been given lots of information to share with others. If anyone has any questions I am sure I have the answer in the millions of pages of information I was given. OR I can always ask at the next session. :-)
Its been quite the week, first the blow that Nova has CP, and then yesterdfay we had Te's IEP and he meets the criteria for educational autism and will be placed into early childhood special ed classes.
Next we need to seek out a Dr to do testing for medical autism spectrum disorders so we can get a diagnosis and appropriate therapies, etc.