Family Circus

No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys. - Doug Horton

Wednesday

Rosie's Assessment

I had two therapists in my home today, evaluating Rosie's development. Assessing Rosie took about 45 minutes of 'testing'. The therapists brought lots of developmental toys that look much like the ones in Rosie's stash in my living room cabinet. For a two year old, Rosie's social skills are right on track, her reasoning skills are as well. My daughter's verbal skills are 6 months behind. Why am I not surprised? Rosie had obviously had enough at that point, and began screaming. We're talking ear-piercing, wake-the-dead, obnoxious screaming. The therapists talked over the noise like they encountered this every day, reassuring me that I was doing the right thing by ignoring my daughter during her fit-throwing session. While my two-year-old continued her tiny tirade, the women asked me lots of questions and wrote down each of my responses. This was an easy test, since I already knew most of the answers.
Then came the question that stumped me: Where would you like to see Rosie's development in six months?
I must have looked perplexed, since I was quickly prompted, "It could be as simple as, "I'd like to hear Rosie speaking more real words." I formulated the words in my mind, then said, "I'd like for Rosie to be able to verbalize her feelings, tell me when she's mad/frustrated and put an end to these tantrums."

Finally, DH managed scoop Rosie up and save the day - or at least my sanity. He didn't do much better than I did. DH might be my Knight in Shining Armor, but Rosie continued to raise proverbial cane, and the ladies and I could hear my daughter screaming from the other room. We discussed the need for behavioral therapy as well as speech therapy. I wanted to hug these new friends! We scheduled twice a month for the Speech Therapy, and once month for Behavioral Therapy. I know that soon I will be longing for the days when Rosie wasn't talking.

CAST & CREW

Erin: 31, Emcee. Witty redhead, handy with a whip.

DH: 30, Strong Man. Comedian, defender of virtue.

Halie: 7, Chimpanzee. Pulls teeth, loves bananas.

Catie: 5, Leaping Lemur. Gentle and cuddly, loves grapes.

Rosie: 2, Cappuccin. Flings poo, loves carrots.

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