back to the waiting lists

November 28, 2007 at 1:37 pm 1 comment

I had a meeting with the Vice Principal of Owen’s school for next year this morning. I knew that she had some concerns about Owen but today I learned a few extras which sadly gave more weight to her concerns.

Firstly she noticed some things about Owen and was concerned on her first meeting with him – before I said anything. I knew that she had some concerns after I spoke with her and after she read the speech therapy referral form, what I didn’t know until this morning is that she is actually a psychologist. To me that throws some weight behind her thoughts about Owen.

There have been vague, mostly unspoken concerns about the possibility that Owen may have autism for years now. Today the VP came out voiced her concern and was advocating an assessment as soon as possible to confirm/deny it. I guess really that I am not surprised at this and I wonder why I took the doctors ‘no’ way back then without following up on an assessment even then. Of course the VP told me not to even go down that road of ‘I should have’…and really I can’t – at the time the explanation he gave me made sense. AT the time Brett was younger too and as Brett has grown up I have become more aware of the ways in which Owen is different and the areas of his development where he is a bit behind the ‘norm’. That said Owen has made huge progress in the last 2 years and that is great…

the waiting list for a public assessment is 12 months. The private system will cost around $5-600 – am waiting on a call back to see what the waiting list is like there.

I am grateful that he is going to a school that seems to care and also grateful to have such a well-qualified and caring VP at the school. She is the one that called for today’s meeting.

will just have to wait and see what happens next.

Entry filed under: my boys.

Bumping it up the to-do list done…well sort of..

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Jen H  |  November 28, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    I nearly missed this entry, lucky I scrolled down a bit further. Thats excellent that she is so caring and has taken so much notice of a child who isnt even IN the school yet! And DONT beat yourself up about it IF the assesment comes back confirming it …. as you said it was the DOCTOR who said “No” and they are the professionsals – not you! Hope his ear infection is better sonn – poor thing!
    Jen H


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