Friday, August 2, 2013

A Pleasantly Surprising Test



This was a photo from picking up Allie today.  She and Sam (some of you may remember Sam's moves from Allie's field trip fail last year) were getting cuddly in the back seat of the wagon.  My how the tables have turned!  Doesn't she look like she's going in for a kiss?

In non-kissing news, Allie had her 2.5 year check up this week and it was mostly uneventful, which is good when it comes to our doctor's appointments.  She has this intense hatred doctor's offices and screams relentlessly every time she is in one, but her pediatrician is used to it and just laughs it off.  It's funny because she is a total doll until we cross the door jam.  Outside the door: Normal Allie.   Inside the door: Maniac hysterical child.

Aside from a stat update---35.25" tall (39th percentile) and 27.5 lbs (35th percentile)---Allie's doctor entered some new referrals and her nurse gave us the standard take-home questionnaire to see how Allie is doing in different developmental areas.  This questionnaire is mostly just to flag kids to be seen by the developmental pediatrician, whom Allie already sees, so her doctor always tells us not to worry about filling it out.  But, of course, we always do it anyway.

The questionnaire was a shockingly positive experience this time.  She scored in the typical range in communication, fine motor, problem-solving, and personal-social skills.  The only area where she is behind is gross motor.  Jonathan and I were shocked because that it is the area that we are least concerned with.

The test works by asking a series of questions and we have to answer with "yes", "sometimes", or "not yet".  Here are the questions:

1. Does your child walk withe up or down at least two step by himself?  He may hold onto the railing or wall.  
- Yes!

2.  Does you child run fairly well, stopping herself without bumping into things or falling?
- Sometimes.  She has a limp and she sometimes trips, but she can run.

3.  Does your child jump with both feet leaving the floor at the same time?
-  Sometimes.  She is just starting to be able to to the two foot jump but it is not consistent yet.

4.  Without holding onto anything for support, does your child kick a ball by swinging his leg forward.
-  Sometimes.  She can kick but there isn't a dramatic swing.

5.  Does your child jump forward at least 3 inches with both feet leaving the ground at the same time?
- No.

6.  Does your child walk up stairs, using only one foot on each stair?
- No.

She scored 25 out of 60 points, putting her in the delayed range.

We're not terribly concerned because Allie gets around fine and is able to play on all the playground equipment with her friends.  We're still doing lots of exercises for her leg and looking into other options to help (botox, e-stim, bracing, etc.) but it just doesn't feel freakoutable to me.

So, moral of the story is that the test means nothing but it was pretty cool to see that the thing we are the least worried about is our biggest worry.  Let's hope it continues that way.

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