Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Early Intervention Part 2 - A plan emerges

One step at a time, Buddy.  We will get there!
By Joel Brens

Today we had the chance to sit down with the Early Intervention Coordinator, Speech Therapist and Developmental Therapist. We were given a copy of his evaluation and a couple of sheets as a means to discuss talking points for his development plan, most notably the Child Outcomes Summary. We were asked to share how we would rate Jayden’s abilities in three main categories-
  • Positive Social Emotional
  • Acquiring and Using Knowledge and Skills
  • Taking appropriate action to meet needs
The scale goes from Not Yet through a number of ratings to Completely able. We were pleased, and relived for that matter that we were in agreement with the team about his abilities. Truth be told, there are things Jayden does really well. There are also a number of things he needs some serious work with, namely his speech development. It was nice to have our coordinator ask us what WE were looking to work on rather than telling us how it was going to play out. I am well aware that different counties have had different success and failure stories, and I am very pleased with the direction this has gone.

When we started to dive more in to a plan of action we were informed that we would have different therapists then the one’s we had met when his therapy begins. I was bummed to hear that as I really liked both of them and felt comfortable with our dialogue. Alas, they have jobs to do as well. I just hope we can have a good relationship with the people we work with. We also discussed financing. All families are expected to pay a monthly family fee, and insurance, ideally, should cover all the therapy sessions. This was a MAJOR concern to me as Jayden and I are on a individual plan. It’s a PPO but we are set up for a Health Savings Account (HSA) With it you pay 100% of your negotiated rates for doctor’s visits, prescriptions etc. I’m not sure how much it would be but I was really worried. Fortunately, since I have individual insurance and it’s a HSA we qualified for an exemption. Thank you God! I was near tears when she informed us of that. We will be doing weekly sessions with the Speech Therapist. The Developmental Therapist will be over twice a month. All we can do now is embrace the moment and do everything we can to help him along the way.

I will be filming our own therapy sessions from week to week to hopefully show progress. I have no idea if it will be a great tool or a complete flop. I plan on showing as much as I can, good days and rough days. Perhaps it will shed a little light on something I feel is important to talk about.

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