Thursday, May 18, 2006

Annual Evals....aaaargh!

I can't tell you how much I dislike annual evaluations. You know the ones we have to endure to maintain services for our kiddos. The ones thatthey use these horrible tests like the Battele to measure where our children stand developmentally. I cannot begin to tell you how maddening, and upseting they are to me.
We had Peanuts annual eval today. I always prepare myself for these reviews as they are so biased. If a child "ceilings out" ie gets two zeros in a row, they cannot be scored after that in that topic. The thing is, is that many children skip a couple of these levels yet can do the next three. Doesn't matter, because they have "ceiliinged out" so it doesn't count. Let me tell you about Peanuts eval. I was so excited that she met almost all her goals from last year. Only small handful were not met, only because of linguistics (ie she met them, but because of the way they were worded, she didn't). So many things that last year it seemed as if she'd never get, she did. Like self feeding with pincer grasp. Or moving around her environment independantly to play with her siblings (she butt scoots). Even communicationg her needs or wants with others was met thanks to her using 15 signs (10 spontaneously, and 5 with prompting).
The bummer of all this is that she tested lower then I had expected in many aspects, because she ceilinged out in many of the topics. For example, in verbal communication skills, becuase she doesn't SAY two word sentences, she got down graded; never mind that she signs two word phrases, like me bath, me smart. Also she got downgraded on social emotional because she doesn't SAY Hi to an adult or ASK them to play. Never mind that she hops over and waves and says "EH!" or that she brings a toy over to you and taps you on your leg until you pay attention to her.
So over all she tested at a 18 month level, but with ranges from 8 mos to 18 mos in various levels. Frustrating , irritating, yet somewhat endearing that she had come so far. Maddening that we have so much farther to go. Good news is she did great on cognitive and receptive language, bad news is I have a lot of work to do with her. So I guess I better start hopping....TTYL

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Happy Mother's Day

Here's wishing all the hard working, dedicated moms a very happy mother's day. I hope you can take the time to enjoy the small things in life this weekend.
I know I will be enjoying every minute with my family (perhaps wishing for a little time alone?) But enjoying the laughs, giggles, screaming, taunting and oh yes the shrieks of delight. Did I leave anything out?
I got my mothers day gift grades form my first term back in school. I got A's (thank god) What better gift then to know that with three kids, a husband, job and life, I still have it in me!
Wishing everyone a great weekend filled with love, laughter and all those special things you hold dear.