How can my gorgeous baby be as delayed as they say???
The test results are just gutting, because I guess tests measure what our kids can't do. I don't see that. I see what Ashlea can do. I see how far she has come, all the great words and sentences she is using, the fact that she is still trying to learn new physical skills in spite of her cerebral palsy. Tests don't measure sheer determination, cheeky personality or cuteness (unfortunately).
Anyway, here is the summary.
Griffiths Mental Developmental Scales - Extended Revised
Locomotor (Gross Motor Skills) 9 - 13 months
Personal Social (Self Care, Socialisation Skills) 19 - 23 months
Hearing and Speech (Language Skills) 24 - 28 months
Eye and Hand Coordination (Fine Motor Skills) 14 - 18 months
Performance (Puzzles, Construction) 13 -17 months
Practical Reasoning (Understanding Concepts) 22 - 26 months
Adaptive Behaviour Assessment System - Second Edition
Conceptual Skills - extremely low range
Social Skills - extremely low range
Practical Skills - extremely low range
The overall summary puts Ashlea's development on around the 1st centile which gives her the label moderate-severe developmental delay.
I kind of knew that, but still it is a slap in the face to have it confirmed. It was also the first time someone has actually said the words 'intellectual disability' to me. The whole time the psychologist was explaining the test to me I was thinking I need to get out of here. But I sat there and listened, and she kept talking and smiling.
Get me out of here.
You don't know what you're talking about.
Finally we got away. I don't really know what the full ramifications of the assessment are.
Does this mean she will have a moderate-severe intellectual impairment?
Will she be able to go to the same school as her sisters (in the support class)?
They are all questions for another day. Today is a day for cuddling my baby and remembering what she can do, not what some stupid test says she can't.