Happy Monday! We are kicking off June and #MedicalMonday with the Christofferson Family. This month we will be discussing brain damage and delays.
“We began our journey to Genevieve in July of 2015. We have two sons whom have Down syndrome, so developmental delays or brain damage is something we are not afraid of. During my day job, I work in the neurology realm and I understand that “young brain” is capable of amazing things! In my opinion and experience, if you give the child the environment, tools, resources, patience, and love to succeed they rise to meet the occasion.
Going into the situation you need to be aware that the file will most likely not be indicative of the child’s true potential, but it is best to be prepared for everything. Find out what resources are available in your area for pediatric needs like physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Be sure you have a pediatrician on board that is well versed with children with special needs. Having the right medical providers in place will help shine a light on the right path you need to take with your child once they are home. Meet with the school to familiarize yourself with the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. Once home if all of those services are not needed you have at least laid the right foundation in preparation for anything.
Once we arrived home with Genevieve we have had to secure none of those services. Her speech is delayed somewhat, but we are not sure yet what is learning English as a second language and what is a true delay. She loves school, and learns things very quickly. She does receive some speech services at her preschool, but we have not initiated an IEP. Her biggest need was more to do with love, patience, and trust development.
Genevieve is an absolutely amazing 4 year old that lights up every room she walks into. She is sweet and loving and determined. We are so honored to be her family.”