The trio is about to turn 18 months old but we are not quite ready for coloring yet. Opportunity alone and scribbles plus cause and effect will continue to be our focus.
Every six months, the three go through a developmental evaluation to see where they are at in all areas. Marcos had his last Thursday and here's what is written on his report:
Cognitive & Fine Motor: 12-14 months
Receptive Language: 12-14 months
Expressive Language: 11-13 months
Gross Motor 9-11 months
Fine Motor 10-12 months
At the time of the assessment, his actual age was 17 months (adjusted age = 14 months) so he is doing great in a couple of areas. His biggest challenges are gross motor (he is not walking yet) and language. He has always been the least vocal out of the three. Colds (runny noses) have gotten in the way each time a hearing test is scheduled. The test after he got ear tubes put in did not show a significant improvement, and the doctor really didn't have an explanation. The good thing is that usually gross motor usually takes over the brain so once he figures that out, we are hoping for a language explosion. This is the trend that Sofia (our walker) followed and we are praying that the boys will get there soon.
I would be lying if I said that these numbers don't get to to me. But only because all this stuff is a reminder of what they have all been through. I allow myself moments of sadness, worry and concern but then I move on knowing that these three beat the odds. In the mean time, the waiting game continues. Patience, patience, patience...and everything on their own time.
Did you know that early intervention and medical professionals stop adjusting age at TWO?
That's in six months! I'm thinking it may take much longer for my little ones to catch up and hopefully they will qualify for more services to speed this process up.
And so the journey continues....