Military Special Needs Network

Proudly Supporting all Military Families with a Special Needs Dependent

Global Developmental Delay

March is Developmental Disabilities Month. MSNN will be highlighting a different developmental disability each blog post this month in an effort to educate, inspire and connect our families. If you would like to guest blog, please email Kelly Hafer (KellyHafer@MSNNblog.com). Thank you.

99136488As the name implies, an individual with global developmental delays is significantly delayed in several different areas of development.

I write quite often about my older son, but not so much about our youngest boy. Our son came into our lives when he was just 8 months old. Our social worker called us one morning to tell us about a couple of young brothers who needed to be removed from their current foster home placement. We were told that both boys were delayed. And, in fact, there was concern that the youngest, our soon-to-be AJ, was not cognitively intact.

You see, until the first time we held AJ, no one had ever seen him crack a smile. He had what was assumed to be a permanently flat affect. This 8 month old baby was unable to hold his head up (a skill usually acquired around 4-5 months), did not reach for toys or a bottle, made no coo-ing noises; frankly, the list of what he could not do was far longer than his list of skills. Essentially our son had been kept in a baby swing for 24 hours a day. He had no experience outside of that swing.

And so, after our transition from potential foster parent to full-time foster parent to the boys, our journey into therapy was “from zero to sixty.” Averaging 10 appointments per week combined, our boys were thrown into physical therapy, occupational therapy, attachment therapy, and speech therapy. Our boys had shots to get caught up on, well baby appointments to make up, and nowhere to go but up, with respect to their abilities.

Boy, did they! To watch the physical transformation in AJ was miraculous. It can only be described as watching life blossom. He went from being completely immobile to walking in an unbelievably short time – roughly six months from the time we got him, he was hell on wheels. Making up for lost time and experiences, AJ’s zest for life is palpable, if not always safe.

It took a Herculean amount of effort and  hard work on his part, but today, I am pleased to report, that AJ is caught up on his global delays in social-emotional development, fine and gross motor, speech, and self-care. We still see the occasional backward slide under periods of great stress, as well as mouthing objects. We are very close to grade level areas of performance in a specialized classroom placement, and there is a lot of talk about mainstreaming in his future.

Anxiety, possible learning disabilities, and some other alphabet soup-type diagnoses aside, our son has a very bright future thanks to the years of early intervention, therapy from dedicated professionals who truly cared about AJ’s growth and development, and two amazing special ed preschool and kinder teachers.

Kelly_stars

Comments, discussion and insight always welcome!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Oh Mah Deehness!

Allergy Friendly Family Life

Isn't That Marvelous?

It's serious. It's sarcastic. It's sweet. It's sincere.

TRICARE Overseas Philippines

A site to discuss and learn about TRICARE Philippines Policies and Issues that are often times implemented in secret by the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Policies that result in payments at about 7.7% and 3.8% of what they should be or $328 per under 65 person instead of the expected $4,261 & $328 per over 65 person instead of the expected $8,650.

Seasoned with Love

words and recipes from my kitchen to yours

GENTE COSMO

LIFESTYLE - by Esther Herrero

hansstellingsma

living the saga called life....

Being The Bergerts

Vet tech student. Student Naval Flight Officer. Professional napping dog.

ArillaBlog

finding contentment in the unexpected

thejuliemeister

Musings from an unsuspecting navy wife

The Ugly Volvo

Attempts at Adulthood

anseo

inken thought

Special Needs Resource Fair

Bringing Community Resources Together to Support Families with Special Needs

Ketchup With a Side of Autism

This WordPress.com site is about the ups and downs of life and autism.

catonatrampoline

Autism, Parenthood and life...

OMazing Kids

a fun site for inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

The Journey of a Thousand Sticks

Homeschooling, gardening, parenting, special needs, Buddhism, living, drinking, eating and loving.

%d bloggers like this: