Jeshuah’s Evaluations

We met with our case worker, occupational therapist, and developmental therapist today to go over the results of Jeshuah’s evaluations.

The verdict is unanimously as follows:

 1) Jeshuah is adorable, happy, and sweet (but we already knew that!) 

2) Jeshuah shows minor delays in most areas of development, but nothing beyond a 30% delay

3) His compulsive spinning is definitely “abnormal behaviour” and enough of a concern that they want to have him working with therapists monthly and continuously re-evaluated.

One thing I have learned about ASD (autistic spectrum disorders) is that the type of autism that is a kind of epidemic in this country (1 in 110 children) is better known as Regressive Autism. That is, children are not showing immediate signs of autism until around the age of two.  Up until that point, they behave fairly normally and one would never guess they may become autistic.  So, when you look at Jeshuah, he seems like a very normal baby.  However, compulsive spinning is not only abnormal behaviour (every child has their “quirks”–this tends to mean something more), it is a “red flag” for ASD and seems to indicate that we may see increasing concerns as he grows older.

So that is why they all agreed they want to keep a close eye on him, work with him, and teach me how to work with him.  I am very grateful, since I feel so lost as to what to expect from him developmentally. I had no idea he should be learning to feed himself with a spoon, or that he is getting really close to the “He should have been walking and talking a long time ago” concern.  I appreciate their input and ideas to help teach him the things he should be learning and doing. I am also grateful to have their support–and thankfully, we really love them all!

This is, unfortunately, one of those things, though, that will just have to wait and see what happens.  Like I said, most kids don’t “become” autistic until around two years old.  I know I could be tempted to become anxious about this, but I feel like God has really given me a peace about all of this.  I am confident that He is in control and that He is good.  We are seeking Him in all of this and studying as much as we can to learn how to raise Jeshuah in a way that pleases Him and helps as much with a possible ASD diagnosis.  Every nap time, I am reading, reading, reading! We are begining a gluten/casein (dairy) free diet that is showing significant improvement in kids with ASD.  Whether he ends up being placed on the spectrum or not, the changes we are implementing will only help our family’s overall health, and for that I am grateful.

Thank you for so many prayers and notes of encouragement.  We love you all and praise the Lord for so many good friends!


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Aunt Marcia Johnson on March 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Sweet Ashley Nicole & Stephen,
    We love you and are praying for you all during this time of learning and growing. Jeshua is adorable and sweet – that is for sure. And God gave him to you and you both are doing a wonderful job of taking care of him. We’ll keep praying!!!!
    Aunt Marcia


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