At 8:30 am, we had our first Early Intervention meeting with Vicky from AIDB (Alabama Institute of the Deaf and Blind) after being previously scored on the DAYC test (Developmental Assessment of Young Children). Ella Marie was assessed on August 18, 2009. She was assessed in the areas of cognitive, communication, social-emotional, physical development, and adaptive behavior. She was about 3 1/2 months old. Listed below are her scores:
Cognitive - 6 months of age
Communication - 4 months of age
Social Emotional - 5 months of age
Physical Development - 6 months of age
Adaptive Behavior - 3 months of age (in this category they are scored on things such as what they are eating etc - she is still nursing so most of the items in this category are not applicable for her).
We were definitely happy with her scores. At this time she is not behind in anything. It is good to know what her scores are so that we can know how much of a gap we will need to close when she possibly receives implants.
Also at this appointment I shared the activities that we have been doing with Ella Marie (from the therapists in Birmingham and Memphis). She said that Ella Marie was doing wonderful and to "keep it up." One nice thing about the early intervention services from AIDB is that it is provided in the child's natural setting. This means someone comes to our home to provide this support. It is a nice break from all of the travelling.