Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Goofy Child's Doctor Visit

The weekdays were just overflowing so I'm playing catch up this weekend. Wednesday was a rough day for me. The Goofy Child, he just goes with the flow, nothing really phases him for more than a few minutes. The blessings of young ADHD :)

I took the Goof to the doctor to get referrals for evaluation to take to school to request evaluation for SSD services. One of the things I'm looking at is CAPD. Last year we went to an audiologist for evaluation and were told that autism had to be ruled out first and he had to be 7 to be evaluated.

The doctor told me over the summer to get the reading screening through school and we'd see where to go from there. He said we also needed to make sure that the trouble was not the focus part of ADHD.

Autism was ruled out, he turned 7, we have the report, it's not the ADHD. I want to know where to go from here.

He says he doesn't think there's much point in evaluating for Auditory Processing Disorder because there are no sure tests and no proven treatment but, he can send us to a Speech and Language Pathologist for a speech eval. *suspicious glare*, last year it was an audiologist. He says looking at this report, it looks like speech to him. Alright, fine. I'll take it. At least it's something. It could either find something or rule something out.

Then he says that the Goofy One can't be evaluated for dyslexia until he's 8. Now, as much as I adore this man, listening to him speak those words, I don't know if I want to hit him or burst into tears. both seem like viable options. They can evaluate for dyslexia in kindergarten. True story. I read it on the internet. And, I swear to God, the next person who lectures me on writing backward... just read this. and this. I'm not just worried about the backward writing! Freakin' preach about early intervention and then constantly with the "wait", GAH!  anyway,

So there I am rambling on about what I need and why when he looks at me with this sad sort of look and says, Listen, this is what I want you to do...

UMSL does psychological evaluations. They have a Diagnostic Clarification Evaluations and Learning Disability Assessments. It's an all day evaluation or they might break it down into segments depending on the Goofy One but it will tell the doctor what he needs and tell the school what he needs. The best part? The evaluation is free if you live in St Louis County.

The Goofy Child's appointment is November 11.


  1. November 11th is a holiday here and DR. offices are closed. I hope they gave you the correct date not just a random date to pacify you! PEACE

    1. Alex has school that day but the boys don't. I think I just depends.