After the last 2 visits, we have considered ending our visits to there because we have not always been happy with our experiences. However, we decided that it doesn't hurt us to go and we have now built up stronger shells to our experiences.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend today because of work and student teaching (3. more. days!) but this is the update from Chris:
- The speech therapist reported that he is on track developmentally for his pre-language skills and is happy with his progress. Since he has not had any feeding issues, he is good in that area.
- He weighed 16 lbs. (falls in the 5-10th percentile for the "standard" chart and 50-75th percentile for the DS chart)
- He is 27 inches long
- His head circumference is 42.8 and between the 10th and 25th percentile
- The developmental pediatrician was very happy with his progress
- For the 1st time of our visits there, Chris had to fill out a questionaire where the responses were either never, sometimes or often to questions like how many words can he put together, does he point to objects, does he respond to words that indicate a specific item, does he do things to make us laugh, etc.). Some of the questions seemed so far off from where we are at now (and probably developmentally ARE further off for any child) and some questions he easily does on a regular basis).
We have noticed that Colin is starting to have a flattening in the back of his head, mostly because prior to him becoming more active in terms of tummy time and sitting, he spent a lot of time on his back. We tried to get him to sleep on his tummy, but it would get to the point where he was so unhappy that we just couldn't leave him there. We have been making more of an effort for him to spend as little time as possible on his back including during sleeping. The past few nights he has slept the whole night on his back.
Chris asked about this flattening and they immediately started "reacting". They pulled other people into the room, started observing saying that one side was more prominent than the other, and acting very concerned. For Chris (and then for me once he told me), it made us feel very uneasy because of the way they "reacted". They gave Chris a phone number for a specialist who does scientific measurements for the possiblity of Colin wearing a helmet to correct the flattening.
My question to all of you...does anyone have any experience with this? Did any of your children have this problem and if so, did they need to wear a helmet?
We will see our physical therapist tomorrow and will ask her and then will be seeing the pediatrician next week for Colin's 8 month appointment but in the meantime, I was curious to see if anyone else had any experience before I start "panicking". I quoted panicking because that sounds drastic, but I am concerned.
I'll post some pictures over the next few days and see what you all think...