LAST Year at this time, these were Luke's results--he was 17 months old at the time:
(the age ranges listed represent his "developmental age")
Gross Motor Skills: 5-8 months
Speech and Language: 9-10 months
Fine Motor Skills: 6-8 months
Self-Help Skills: 6-8 months
Height: 31 inches
Weight: 19 lbs, 10 oz
TODAY's results (Luke is 29 months)
Gross Motor Skills: 9-12 months
Speech and Language: 14-16 months
Fine Motor Skills: 9-12 months
Self-Help Skills: 12 months
Height: 35 inches
Weight: 27 pounds
He's made huge gains. I can see on paper that most of the "suggestions" they made for improvement last year, he has now accomplished.
And yet...these pesky age ranges. I look at this and just get tired. Twelve months of hard, hard work and endless therapy sessions for only three (THREE!!) months of developmental growth.
And they, the sweet therapists, try to encourage me......that they are just a LITTLE skewed....the scores, I mean. A visually impaired kiddo is gonna have a hard time pointing at something across the room, so he was docked points for that. And his limited vision also makes utensil feeding a challenge, so he was docked for that. And he's not real interested (ok AT ALL interested) in scribbling or coloring....and again, who knows..maybe it's just because he can't see what he's writing. So, docked points again. And since he's decided he doesn't want to sleep from 2am to 5am every night, he was docked points for that. So, I get that. Not all kids fit neatly into a sweet little "standardized test".
Still, it's exhausting.
Maybe it's the rainy day.
Or the lack of sleep.
But sometimes the thought of "How are we ever going to get Luke caught up to where he needs to be?" just makes me want to go take a nap.
I'm sure by tomorrow I'll be back to my "nose to the grind" self. Back to researching what else we can be doing to help Luke. Back to teaching him how to use a spoon, how to cruise along the furniture, how to say his ABCs.
But doggone it, Thursdays are usually our day off. The one day we actually don't have to be anywhere for therapy. So, I'm gonna put a movie in, make a cup of coffee, listen to the rain, and just let Luke be Luke today.