A few months ago Evangeline was evaluated at the Erikson Institute here in Chicago. They tested her development and paid close attention to some of her behaviors that made me suspect she was somewhere on the autism spectrum along with having Down syndrome.
Evie averaged out developmentally at a ten month old level in most areas. Except for speech. She's four months there. But we were delighted when their conclusions, for now, were that Evie does not have a dual diagnosis.
I found the evaluation process at Erikson very beneficial to me. It was during that time that I saw clearly how far my daughter has come.
While we were at Erikson I was able to share my frustration with bonding. That has been a trying area for both Evie and me.
A couple weeks ago I received a call from Erickson. A therapist wanted to know if we'd like to meet to work on attachment issues. Ummm... yeah!
And amazingly, it's a sliding scale there so for us each session is just $10. Thank you God.
So Evie and I went today and met the therapist we'll be working with for a while.
Today was just talking. Next week we play!
I have to admit, I'm nervous. Even walking into Erikson today I started to get anxious. I know I've made some mistakes with Evie. And I know it's way too easy for me to look over what we need to do to bond with other kids, writing, church, my moms group, etc...
These sessions are going to force me to carve out some time to work on my relationship with my youngest daughter.
I think it's been handed to me from God as a gift. A much needed gift.
I'll keep you posted.