Tuesday, May 22, 2007

A Resounding No

Today was Jack's ChildFind evaluation. He and I met with three therapists of various ilks and one psychologist. The three therapists played different games with Jack and asked him to complete various tasks, while the psychologist watched. At first we just played in the lobby while Jack got used to their presence and then we moved into the room where the testing was to take place.

For various reasons I had brought a stroller with me, and as it is a novelty for him (rather than Quinn) to be in a stroller, Jack insisted on sitting in it for the 15-foot ride from the lobby to the testing room. When we got to the room and I took him out, he was pissed. I managed to calm him down some and he sort of half-heartedly participated in the games and tests, with a lot of refusals to follow the rules or complete his tasks. He has a little "buzzer" noise (think of the noise the game Operation makes if you connect with the metal) he makes when things happen that he doesn't like. For instance, if I tell him no, or to share, or to eat a vegetable, etc. He made a lot of those.

His testers were obviously getting frustrated and suggested that he take a little walk—largely, I think, so they could strategize amongst themselves on how to work with my recalcitrant child. I took Jack to the bathroom, let him play in the water fountain, and then led him back to the room hippity-hop style.

Testing recommenced and went much better. When we were nearing the end of the two-hour session, the psychologist even asked, "Who did you bring back from the bathroom?" because his behavior had so improved.

They are going to put together a report and then we will have a real IEP meeting to see what Jack needs. But when they were summing up, the psychologist noted that I had put on one of Jack's papers that I was concerned about autism. Does Jack have autism, according to her? "A resounding no."


Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled if he does not have autism, but he definitely has something, and I just hope he doesn't get cut off from services because they don't apply a word to him. Or, what if he really does have autism and they, for whatever reason, just looked at him wrong and he doesn't get the help he needs? But I'll wait before I start borrowing trouble.

All in all, it was not a bad morning. We'll wait and see what happens next. Maybe Jack's diagnosis can be "quirky" or "eccentric." The psychologist seemed to agree with me that Jack marched to his own beat and said she was going to try to figure it out. I wished her luck. She may need it.

Ah, Jack. My enigma. (Wrapped in a riddle, covered in mystery, and pierced with a toothpick of oddity.)

1 comment:

  1. Best wishes to you. I have been going thru the same since December of last year.


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