In a comment about Brennan's evaluation, Jessica from Ten Squares Three Squiggles said that her son's evaluation also included age equivalents, which would give a correlating age for each of the areas tested. Prior to Brennan's evaluation, I told his EI coordinator that I would prefer to not have age equivalents listed. I agree with Jessica's comment that an evaluation for someone (especially someone who automatically qualifies for services due to a diagnosis) should state what the child is currently able to do and their goals for the coming year should be. An approach that focuses on the positive, what our kids can do and what they should be working on next. Those are the important and relevant pieces of information.
And about getting ready to learn to crawl, Karen from The Bryant Family News said "watch what you wish for" because "once they go, there is no stopping them." I admit to having a little bit of mommy-guilt about this because I'm actually not that anxious for him to be mobile. I know what comes with a mobile 1 year old.....baby-proofing the house (again!), worrying if the older kids left a door open, having to keep an eye on the little one ALL OF THE TIME. Ugh, it makes me tired just thinking about it. Of course I work with him, I do what his physical therapists suggests, do all that I can to help him because I know it's important. But secretly (or not so secretly anymore) I'm a little bit happy that he's taking his time. Everyone involved believes he WILL learn to crawl and that he WILL learn to walk and I'll be thrilled to pieces for him when he actually does. But for now, I'm enjoying having one child that will happily stay in one place. One less person to keep an eye on at parties, at the playground, at the beach. I'm pretty sure that this will be the last summer that he'll sit so contently - so I'm going to enjoy every minute.