We had our final "initial" early intervention meeting yesterday with our case manager and social worker. They came to the house and sat down with us to discuss any changes that may have occurred since their evaluation. The social worker/therapist then wrote goals for different areas of development including gross motor, fine motor, communication, etc. These goals included suggestions on activities we could do with Colin in order to make sure he is developing in these areas.
At the end of the meeting, the therapist made suggestions of what she thinks Colin needs at this time which includes physical therapy and developmental therapy two times a month each for an hour per session. These therapies don't necessarily mean that he is lacking at this time, but they are specifically for him to assist with development and to make sure he stays on track. I am looking forward to these therapies to learn new ways to help Colin and make sure that he can do everything he is supposed to at this time.
Colin's goals and accomplishments will be reevaluated in 6 months and changes will be made for the following 6 months. In addition, we have scheduled an appointment for Colin at Jersey Shore's Children's Hospital for evaluation with a developmental pediatrician. The program is similar to early intervention, but we have the benefit of a thorough evaluation by a developmental pediatrician that will continue to monitor Colin. They also make suggestions, but it often works with the suggestions that are made through early intervention.
Colin was so alert and active when they were here and showed to them how well he is doing! The therapist said to him that she thought he was going be "causing trouble" because of all that he is doing at this time! We love hearing that!
This was Colin right before they were at the house showing how well he can hold his head up!