Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Merryn's Cognitive Assessment - Part 2

The whole assessment has been completed.  They ended up doing a full Bayley Assessment (a series of measurements to assess cognitive, fine and gross motor skills and receptive and expressive language).  As I mentioned she did really well in the cognitive section.  The results for fine motor skills were good too.  The other three sections were below average though and bordering on very bad. Basically she isn't great at understanding what is being said and she can't tell us what she wants (other than by screaming at me, which she does often).  She also has trouble with things like stairs because her gross motor skills are delayed.

The upshot of all of this is she will need speech therapy and physiotherapy to help her learn language and communication and help with her gross motor skills.  It's a much better result than Connor but it does mean we will be going to therapy for Merryn too.

The therapist has said he is happy to assess her in 6 months and see where she is up to as well.  Because she is so young it can be difficult to know how she will develop, so he's happy to keep an eye on her for a while.  I think that sounds like a great idea.

I guess I'm pretty happy with the results.  The fact that she is intelligent will hopefully mean we can work through the communication stuff.  Then the only other area I'm really concerned about is anxiety and depression.  But we will just have to wait and see about that one.

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