That's how I feel. Torn.
Baby Girl was evaluated in speech, gross motor and fine motor skills and in sensory/tactile sensitivities. She qualifies for services.
She had her first evaluation with the case manager a couple of weeks ago. We schedule another evaluation and she offered to have all them come at once. My first reaction was, "That will overwhelm her." I wanted to protect my baby from that. I quickly realized that Baby Girl being overwhelmed would probably actually be a good thing for them to see. We scheduled the evaluation.
She was, as I predicted, overwhelmed. She shut down and turned into herself. She closed her eyes against them several times over a short period of time. She wouldn't complete tasks. It was only when she had the safety net of her blanket over her head that she began to cooperate with them.
She has a 25% speech delay. Most of that is in receptive speech skills. She came out as having the skills of a 12 month old. IE--she hasn't made any progress despite our efforts.
The occupational therapist saw a lot of the same behaviors I'm concerned with and is anxious to start working with her to see if we can help her learn to cope and deal with things in a productive manner.
I'm relieved, happy, sad and so many emotions all at the same time. I'm sad that my fears have been confirmed, but I am happy we've caught these things early and she can get the help she needs. I'm relieved I will be getting support. I've been fighting for my kids for so long I feel like I'm in a raging war and I've just received a battalion of fresh reinforcements. I honestly get teary just thinking about it. I'm grateful for those reinforcements.
I am anguished for my little girl and what this might mean for her future. It won't change who she is, but it means things will be that much tougher for her. I have to prepare her to face the world.