Wednesday, December 12, 2012
just a day
The screening process for a baby like Parker is a play based assessment done by a Nurse, a Speech Language Pathologist, a Psychologist and 2 employees of the Center. For the most part it's not too stressful for the little guys... Parker might go so far as to say it was fun...if he could talk.
Taking pictures as a reporter was much easier than being a Mom.
In addition to doing activities on a mat, he was evaluated using the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers... The MCHAT. It's a screening tool for Toddlers between the ages of 16 and 30 months that is looking for Autism red flags. It's a series of questions asked to the child's parents.
Parker failed the MCHAT. They do not diagnose anything at the Regional Center until a child turns 3. And although I knew he would fail the MCHAT (I've practically got that thing memorized) it still hurts so bad that I can't even cry...but when I start I may never stop. A failed MCHAT doesn't guarantee a diagnosis of Autism... But it's not too promising either. The good news is- he is now eligible for Early Intervention services... But I don't really care about the good news right now.
Autism can look like many things friends... It can still smile and laugh... It can give hugs and kisses...it can even make eye contact...it doesn't always line things up or spin in circles... I didn't know that before. I tell you- not to scare you...but to create Awareness.
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