It's there for insurance purposes, for the therapists to know what to work on (even if they pretty much already know since they see your child on weekly basis, sometimes more which is our case) and to set up new goals to work on.
It's mostly for insurance approval of services and truly a reminder to us Parent of a special needs to know how behind your child is...
Isn't that nice? Seriously that's the last reminder I need. At the end of those evaluation, a big glass of wine would be much appreciated. (no kidding, it should be part of the package while the evaluations are only every 4-6 months during that time frame I am reminded by occupational, speech, and physical therapist how behind my kid is, and trust me they dislike that questionnaire and testing almost as much as I do).
Ha. I dislike them so much, not my therapists who does them, because truly they are "ahhhhmazing". They are nice, patient, loving, caring, there for Naylah and they are proud of her as much as I am.
BUT, It's like a wake up call. It's the fact that insurance needs to know if your child will get approved for the hours she/he already has, If they are gonna decreased those hours or end services.
Truuuust me, if my child could do all things she is suppose to do, I would be the first one to call and cut those services. I wouldn't wait for no evaluation, I would be screaming on the top of my lungs. "This is it, we don't need you anymore, she can do it ALL on her own. No more help. We made it."
Here are the many reasons why I hate Evaluation:
It's full of questions as:
"Can your child say mama, dada?"
"Does she uses her finger to point to things she would like?"
"Can she hold a spoon and feed herself?"
"Can she walk?"
"Can she hold a marker and draw?"
Okay, you get where I am going.
Not all my answers are NO by the way. She has made lots of progresses.
She can asks for things with board makers, she is doing more sign languages.
She finally knows where her eyes and nose are. She use her pointer finger to point to them.
She is making a few steps on her own. She understands simple commands.
But at the end of the day, even with all progresses made. She is at half her age level.
Language wise she still falls into the 4-6 months range.
But mostly in the 9-12 months and a few things falls into the 14 months range. Which is STILL half her age.
What parent needs to be reminded of that?
Those questions are horrible and some stuff they test the kids on ... Your eyebrows would just raise ... seriously, I am not kidding.
One of the test questions which a 13 months old is suppose to do is, "give your child a few Cheerios puff then ask them to put it back in the container".
No she can not eat them.
You hand her the food, and then ask to put it back in the container...
Seriously? Test that on your toddler, I doubt she will put it back.
Mine straight up, put it in her mouth and ate it. No shame, No hesitation, no guilt. Can't blame her... Plus she is eating which I am sure her speech would be proud. So it makes me proud.
You see where I am going.
I didn't need this reminder. I like to focus on what she can do, what I know she is about to accomplish.
I don't need to know what age level she falls into.
Naylah feels exactly the same way by the way.
After 5 minutes of her her therapist being there, which is someone that she loves very much, she was already waving her "bye bye"
Once again, Can't blame her.
I disliked the evaluation as much as she did.
Dear whoever invented the "evaluation method on a Child who requires special needs"
Go easy on us, we know our child is behind, and that is why we came to the help of therapists and oh so many others specialists.
Keep that between insurance and the therapists who needs to do the evaluations, so once again we can get approved for all those services. Our therapists know my child and know well all she can and can't do.
She comes over several times a week.
I talk to them.
I tell them my concerns, what she may have accomplished on the few days they weren't over.
They became part of our lives, they are caring for my child.
I think this test can be done without reminding me how far behind she is, or needing me there.
I know it. Trust me. I just dislike being reminded, you really shouldn't include me in it. It's my child, I'm her mother and it's a feeling of guilt that I can not make her do all this on my own. It breaks my heart just a bit but also is a sweet reminder of how motivated I get so I can get rid of you "evaluation papers".
I'll keep the therapists tho, If I may ? They are sweet, and my child always smiles when they walk right in.