Owen and Ben's Journey Through Autism

Owen and Ben's Journey Through Autism

Friday, June 4, 2010

One of the biggest assessments in Owen's life - today.

Today was the day we have been waiting for since Feb.11 2010. Today, Owen was assessed by a specialist from McMaster University, and from Bethesda Intake.

I woke up this morning, nervous beyond belief. Ryan and I knew we were going to be interviewed by oursleves.. I was nervous. I don't want to say the wrong thing.. I don't want to blow this whole oppurtunity for my son, who needs this funding so bad!! What if Owen is grumpy? and doesn't want to play in his assessment? or won't show his abilities? All of this was honestly just racing through my mind this morning. So, to cure that, I went to the gym, and that helped.. took my mind off everything..for 20 min.lol.

We got home, got ready, my mother in law came over, and we were out the door with Owen. He looked so handsome today, I was proud :)
We then got to Bethesda, and it is honestly the greatest feeling pulling into a parking lot, and you are literally surrounded by, "Autism Awareness" stickers..it was great. We went in the waiting room for about 10 minutes, and then we were called upstairs for the assessment. Owen was great with the transistion, he went with the Intake worker, and had no issues doing so.

Ryan and I were then questioned for a good hour..on everything you could ever imagine, and it was to determine where Owen lies on the developmental spectrum for his age. Knowing Owen's strengths and weaknessess, I myself could see him around the 15 month mark, but we will see.

We finished the questions, and then we got to see Owen. He was having a great time, playing with toys, and of course, the video camera they were using to video tape him.. he loved it. We then were to play with Owen, and they watched how he responded with us, and I have to admit, I was one proud momma. He made great eye contact, he signed, he did puzzles so quickly, I never knew he was that good at them! Thank you Brick by Brick! That is one thing they were working on, and he gets it right away.

We were then finished, and they explained to us that we would not hear anything till roughly mid-August.. so we have to wait 2 1/2 months to find out if Owen is eligable for funding... that is a long wait. If he is funded, he gets minimum a year, and maybe more depending on how well he is doing. This means = Ryan doesn't have to work himself to his grave to pay for therapy.

So, I guess I will have to leave this as to be continued.. and I really hope when I hear back from them.. it is good news :)

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