Friday, August 28, 2009

Early Intervention Help

We are so excited Dallin qualified for early intervention help. This was a many step process that took almost 2 months. We had 3 ladies come to evaluate him and talk to us. When they told me he would get the help I was so relieved. We know that every child develops and progresses at their own pace but we also felt Dallin needed a little extra help. The best part is that it’s funded by the state and they come to our house!! Dallin sees the developmental lady once a week and the occupational and speech ladies once a month. I kind of feel bad because the occupational lady comes all the way from Flagstaff which is about 2 and a half hours away. She sees a few other kids in the area though. It’s so nice to talk to someone about our challenges and struggles and to know they understand and can point us in the right direction. Dallin has already made a lot of progress these last couple of months and we hope it continues. Dallin is a very smart boy and understands everything we tell him. He just has a hard time communicating back to us. He finally imitated his first word last week. Ryan and I probably looked like we had just won the lottery. We were so excited for him. They have us trying to have him imitate actions and then move onto imitated words. We know it will come in due time. We think Dallin’s favorite color is orange. Just the other day as we were coloring he kept saying orange when he pulled that color out. He doesn’t know any other color and I was surprised. He now will say orange when he gets juice out that is orange. So we think he actually knows that color. We have set a few other goals for Dallin and will keep working on them. When Dallin turns 3 in 6 months this program will end. But, they just learned that St. Johns will open their preschool up next year with help from the stimulus fund. They had to close it this year because of cut backs. If Dallin qualifies at that time for speech help, he will get to go to that preschool. We just love our Dallin and thank Heavenly Father everyday that he is in our family. He is such a kind, loving big brother with a tender heart!!!

Dallin loves to play with his cars and trucks. He always lines them up. It's fun to watch him.


Our Family said...

You will love it! It has been the best thing for Jonathan! I wish he is qualify for Pre school, but we are glad that he was in it this long!

Go Farr Family said...

Dallin plays with his toys just like Gary did, that is what he remembers anyway! Glad you are finding answers for Dallin, he is such a smart little guy - who when his words all come together, will have profound things to tell us