|Look how big!!!|
So.....where were we? Oh, Yeah...
Liam started daycare in August. We LOVED our private sitter, but with our speech concerns we thought that a daycare may help. Also, it is super close to our home and my work. (And, as you know...it's really all about me.)
Choosing a daycare setting was an easy choice for us. The daycare that Liam attends is also at our church, so that is nice. I grew up working in a daycare center. My mother has been a daycare director for as long as I can remember (she still is, but in another city). I have no "qualms" with the daycare folk...as some people do.
Liam had no trouble adjusting to the setting. (That is a HUGE lie.) He didn't cry when I dropped him off, and well...that is pretty much all of the positive.
Turns out, Liam is a bully. Yes. My child, the ONE year old in the TWO year old class, is a meanie. Remember that temper tantrum form the doctor's office...well, he had some for the daycare too. Not to mention a whole ordeal with biting, hitting, and scratching (teachers...and other kids). =(
I was pretty much mortified.
After several weeks of "incident reports" from the daycare and some extremely stressful tantrums at home, I went on a quest for help. Now, I realize that toddler tantrums are normal, but these were injury inducing, body convulsing, i-hate-the-world tantrums. Most often they ended with Liam in the play pen and me crying in the corner. These were not normal.
I sought out an Early Intervention organization (Early Steps). I felt that these tantrums were coming from a deep place of frustration. That frustration...probably stemming from not being able to talk.
Just a few weeks ago Liam received a complete developmental evaluation.
After about two hours of working with a speech therapist and an Infant & Toddler developmental Specialist he was diagnosed as Developmentally Delayed. His deficiencies lie in communication and cognitive skills. Now, this might scare some folks, but not me. I actually welcomed a "diagnosis." Now that we know what is going on -- we can address it.
Liam will start developmental and speech therapy this week. I am hoping that with some guidance we can help him develop in his weak areas and finally feel comfortable in this big world that he is a part of!
The evolution of a Liam tantrum...
|All because I warmed up his milk...because he wanted me too.|
When Liam wants something, you will know it! You just might not know what the "something" is that he actually wants.
Every day is an adventure...and we love it!